The live-action project, titled “Blade Runner 2099”, was first announced as being in development at the streamer in Februarywhile Ridley Scott first revealed the show was in preparation in November 2021.
Exact plot details are being kept under wraps, but the title says 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 her Scott Free Productions banner.
“Blade Runner 2049” co-writer Michael Green will also executive produce along with Alcon Entertainment co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Alcon head of television Ben Roberts, David W. Zucker and Clayton Krueger by Scott Free, 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 science fiction films of all time, and we are thrilled to bring ‘Blade Runner 2099’ to our Prime Video’s global customers.” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television for Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be able to present this sequel to the ‘Blade Runner’ franchise, and are confident that by partnering with Ridley, Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free Productions and the remarkably talented Silka Luisa, ‘Blade Runner 2099’ will maintain the intellect, themes and spirit of its cinematic predecessors.
Alcon Entertainment first acquired the film, TV, and ancillary franchise rights to “Blade Runner” in 2011. The company has since financed and produced “Blade Runner 2049” as well as the Adult Swim/Crunchyroll animated series “Blade Runner.” : Black Lotus”. ”
“We are excited to continue our working relationship with our friends at Amazon,” Kosov and Johnson said. “And we’re beyond excited to continue to expand the ‘Blade Runner’ canon into a new realm with the provocative storyline that Silka has crafted. Audiences first learned about Ridley Scott’s brilliant vision for ‘Blade Runner’ there. 40 years ago, and since then it has become one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time. Denis Villeneuve’s sequel, “Blade Runner 2049”, then became one of the most influential sequels rated highest of all time. We therefore recognize that we have a very high bar to achieve with this next installment. Together with Silka and our partners at Amazon, and Scott Free Productions, we hope we can live up to that standard and delight 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 has performed with Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos, among others. The film was not a box office success upon its original release, but was critically acclaimed and became a cult following. 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 been working on in recent years. Most famously, the online retail giant’s streaming arm is currently showing “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.”