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Amazon has greenlit Blade Runner 2099, a new live-action series set in the universe established by Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel and popularized by adaptations that include Ridley Scott’s 1982 film. The series is a follow-up to Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 and will be executive produced by Scott. Silka Luisa, showrunner of Apple TV+’s drama Shining Girls, is writing and also executive producing Blade Runner 2099.

“The original Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, is considered one of the greatest and most influential science-fiction movies of all time, and we’re excited to introduce Blade Runner 2099 to our global Prime Video customers,” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television, Amazon Studios.

“We are honored to be able to present this continuation of the Blade Runner franchise, and are confident that by teaming up with Ridley, Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, and the remarkably talented Silka Luisa, Blade Runner 2099 will uphold the intellect, themes, and spirit of its film predecessors.”

“We are delighted to continue our working relationship with our friends at Amazon. And we are beyond excited to continue to extend the Blade Runner canon into a new realm with the provocative storyline that Silka has created,” added Alcon Entertainment co-CEOs and co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

“Audiences first discovered Ridley Scott’s brilliant vision for Blade Runner 40 years ago, and since then, it has become one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time. Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up sequel, Blade Runner 2049, then became one of the best reviewed sequels of all time. So, we recognize that we have a very high bar to meet with this next installment. Together with Silka and our partners at Amazon, and Scott Free Productions, we hope that we can live up to that standard and delight audiences with the next generation of Blade Runner.”

Blade Runner 2099 will mark the franchise’s first live-action series. The show was initially teased by Scott last year, who told the BBC in November that the pilot for the show had already been written. An Alien series is also headed to FX.

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