Blade Runner 2099 gets a series order at Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios has officially given a series order to the upcoming live-action TV adaptation of the Blade Runner 2099, which will take place within the franchise’s film universe. Original director Ridley Scott is currently attached to the project as an executive producer.

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“The original Blade Runnerdirected by Ridley Scott, is considered one of the greatest and most influential science fiction films of all time, and we are pleased to introduce Blade Runner 2099 to our global Prime Video customers,” Amazon Studios’ Head of Global Television Vernon Sanders said in a statement (via Variety). “We are honored to be able to present this continuation of 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 maintain the intellect, themes and spirit of its film predecessors.”

The series will be a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s blade runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. Further details about its plot and characters are still being kept under wraps.

Executive producers are Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Alcon head of television Ben Roberts, David W. Zucker and Clayton Krueger of Scott Free, Cynthia Yorkin, Frank Giustra, Isa Dick Hackett and writer Tom Spezialy.

“We are excited to continue our collaboration with our friends at Amazon,” said Kosove and Johnson. “And we are very excited to continue to expand Blade Runner cannon into a new world with the provocative story that Silka has created. 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 sequel, Blade Runner 2049, then went on to become 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 we can live up to that standard and delight audiences with the next generation of Blade Runner.'”

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While Blade Runner 2049 was praised by fans and critics, the box office return for the film was not unusual, leading many to wonder if more projects would arise in the universe. Outside of live-action content, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll have recently partnered to publish the anime series Blade Runner: Black Lotuswhich takes place in the year 2032 and also serves as a follow-up to the original film.

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