the blade runner The story moves forward on the small screen. Deadline says Amazon Studios production began on Blade Runner 2099a live-action series that follows on from the 1982 Ridley Scott film blade runner and its 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049. Scott is on board to produce the series while Silka Luisa (the upcoming Apple TV+ drama shiny girls) will serve as writer and executive producer. The series is a collaboration between Scott Free Productions in association with Alcon Entertainment and Amazon Studios.
The series marks the first live action show set in the blade runner franchise. It’s said to be a top priority at Amazon Studios, which has reportedly put the project on the fast track to begin filming as soon as possible. It’s also noted that Scott could even direct the series if it moves forward, though nothing has been confirmed. After making the original blade runnerScott was originally on board to direct the 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049. He then resigned as director with Denis Villeneuve to helm the film, although Scott still served as executive producer.
Alcon Entertainment co-CEO Andres Kosove and Alcon co-founder Broderick Johnson are also executive producers of Blade Runner 2099, which, as the title suggests, is set 50 years after the events of Blade Runner 2049. Michael Green, who wrote Blade Runner 2049, will also serve as an executive producer. Ben Roberts, Cynthia Yorkin and Scott Free Productions’ David W. Zucker and Clayton Krueger join to produce the run.
The Blade Runner franchise is still going strong after 40 years
Released in 1982, blade runner is based on the novel by Philip K. Dick Do androids dream of electric sheep?. Set in a dystopian world in alternate 2019, it follows an exhausted cop tracking down a fugitive group of synthetic humans, known as “replicants”, who have escaped to Earth. The film stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos. Although initially underperforming at the box office, the film became a cult hit and went on to become one of the most influential films of all time.
In 2017, Denis Villeneuve directed the sequel Blade Runner 2049. The film brought back Ford and Olmos alongside Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis and Jared Leto. Ridley Scott has since teased his desire to continue the blade runner story with additional films. This idea evolved into the concept of the live-action series which is now firing into high gear at Amazon Studios. It’s unclear if any cast members will be involved in this new series, given the change in timeline.
During this time, the franchise also expanded into the world of animation. Alcon has teamed up with Crunchyroll and Adult Swim to develop the animated series Blade Runner: Black Lotus, which premiered in November. The animated series is set in 1932 Los Angeles, following a replicating female protagonist voiced by Jessica Henwick. The strong voice cast also includes Will Yun Lee, Samira Wiley, Wes Bentley, Brian Cox, Josh Duhamel, Peyton List, Stephen Root and Barkhad Abdi.
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