Man, there was a time when getting any continuation of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner beyond the 1982 original was a mere pipe dream. Now there seems to be no end to the procession of Replicants, Turing Tests, and the Runners who hunt robots down rain-slicked, grungy urban streets. You can thank Blade Runner 2049 for this; the sequel was considered a risky gamble at the time but it paid off and now suits have confidence in the concept.
Amazon announced today that Blade Runner 2099, a live-action limited series, is now in production for Prime Video. Scott will serve as executive producer alongside Michael Green, who was involved with Blade Runner 2049. Silka Luisa (Shining Girls) will serve as the showrunner. No mention of what the plot is, but we doubt it’s anything too far from what the last few have been like.
“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,” says Vernon Sanders, Amazon Studios’ head of global television. “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.”
Most recently, the BR world was last seen in Blade Runner: Black Lotus, a co-production between Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. It was about a Replicant named Elle who chased down her evil creators with a katana blade. Reaction was mixed, with many criticizing the cheap look of the CGI. But as demonstrated by Rings of Power, Amazon has the cash to make a BR show that looks good.
We’ll post more about Blade Runner 2099 as we receive info.