Ridley Scott, who directed the original movie Blade Runner in 1982 and became the executive producer of the sequel by Denis Villeneuve in 2017, will now take part in the creation of a series based on the cinematic universe of the franchise for Amazon, reports Deadline.
“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.”
As you can guess from the title, the series will take place 50 years after the movie Blade Runner 2049.
“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”.
It is worth mentioning that the franchise also includes Blade Runner: Black Lotus which is an anime series that debuted late last year on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. Its events take place in 2032 and center around a female replicant.