Amazon has formally ordered a “Blade Runner” sequel series. Variety has learned.
The live-action project, titled “Blade Runner 2099,” was first announced as in development on the streamer in February, while Ridley Scott first revealed the show was in the works in November 2021.
Exact plot details are being kept under wraps, but the title indicates that the show will take place fifty years after the events of “Blade Runner 2049,” the 2017 sequel to the original “Blade Runner.” Silka Luisa serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Ridley Scott also serving as executive producer under his Scott Free Productions banner.
Michael Green, the co-writer of “Blade Runner 2049,” will also executive produce with Alcon Entertainment co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Alcon television director Ben Roberts, David W. Zucker and Scott Free’s Clayton Krueger, Cynthia Yorkin. , Frank Giustra and Isa Dick Hackett. Tom Spezialy has joined the writers room and will also serve as executive producer.
“The original ‘Blade Runner,’ directed by Ridley Scott, is considered one of the greatest and most influential sci-fi films 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 for Amazon Studios. “We are honored to present this continuation of the ‘Blade Runner’ franchise and are confident that by partnering with Ridley, Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free Productions and the extraordinarily talented Silka Luisa, ‘Blade Runner 2099’ will maintain the intellect, themes and the spirit of its cinematographic predecessors”.
Alcon Entertainment first acquired the rights to the “Blade Runner” film, television and ancillary franchise in 2011. Since then, the company has financed and produced “Blade Runner 2049” as well as the Adult Swim/Crunchyroll anime series. Blade Runner: Black Lotus. ”
“We are delighted to continue our working relationship with our friends at Amazon,” said Kosove and Johnson. “And we are beyond excited to continue to extend the ‘Blade Runner’ canon into a new realm with the provocative story that Silka has created. Audiences first discovered Ridley Scott’s brilliant vision for ‘Blade Runner’ 40 years ago and it has since become one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time. Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up sequel Blade Runner 2049 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 look forward to living up to that standard and delighting audiences with the next generation of ‘Blade Runner.’”
The original “Blade Runner” movie was released in 1982. It is loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s book “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Harrison Ford starred alongside Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos, among others. The film was not a box office success on its original release, but received strong critical acclaim and has gone on to achieve cult status. In addition to the original theatrical release, a director’s cut was released in 1992 followed by “The Final Cut” in 2007.
“Blade Runner 2049” saw Ford and Olmos reprise their original roles, with Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James and Dave Bautista joining the cast. Like the original, the sequel received generally positive reviews from critics. It grossed over $259 million worldwide against a reported budget of $150 million.
“Blade Runner 2099” is the latest large-scale genre show Amazon has worked on in recent years. Most famously, the online retail giant’s broadcast arm is currently streaming “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” There are also shows like the spy thriller “Jack Ryan,” the recently concluded sci-fi drama “The Expanse,” and the fantasy series “The Wheel of Time.”