The original Blade Runner set in the dystopian future of 2019. But even though reality has caught up with grim science-fiction and we still don’t have sentient artificial intelligence, the franchise continues to just hop more into its dark future. A sequel from 2017, Blade Runner 2049 took place in, uh, 2049. And now the movie is getting a TV sequel set even further into the future at Amazon.
The new Blade Runner will be called Blade Runner 2099. Ridley Scottdirector of the original film and a producer on the sequel (which was helmed by Dune‘s Denis Villeneuve), is attached to the project as an executive producer. There are no details about the story yet, other than that it takes place 50 years after the last events Blade Runner.
There were rumors about the project back in February, when it was revealed that the project was in development at Amazon’s Prime Video service. Now Variety reports that Amazon has officially ordered the series. Silka Louisa is the show’s producer and showrunner.
This is not Blade Runnerfirst foray into television. Last fall, Adult Swim aired Blade Runner: Black Lotusa 13-episode animated series set in Blade Runner universe, but follows new characters. Scott first teased the existence of this live-action Blade Runner TV project last fall.
The original Blade Runner followed a detective character played by Harrison Ford as he tracked down rogue “replicants,” artificial beings who were essentially treated as slaves. It was a mystery mixed with science fiction, filled with weighty themes about the nature of existence. Ridley Scott’s preferred cut of the film even made it unclear whether Ford’s character was even one of the replicants he was hired to hunt down.
The sequel featured Ford in a supporting role and refused to resolve this ambiguity while telling a story about another replicant hunter (Ryan Gosling) who discovers a long-buried conspiracy connected to Ford’s character. It is doubtfully any of the above Blade Runner main characters could appear in a new show 50 years later, but there would be plenty of things you could do with a new cast in this creepy future world.