If you’re still riding the fandom of all things Blade Runner in the last five years since Denis Villeneuve made landfall with his Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford starrer, then you’ll be pleased to know that a sequel series at Amazon has been officially greenlit, according to trades on Thursday.
As Variety’s Joe Otterson notes, Silka Luisa will serve as series showrunner for the new series, Blade Runner 2099, and will executive produce alongside Scott Free Productions’ Ridley Scott with a story set fifty years after the Warner Bros. Pictures sequel. The team also includes Blade Runner 2049 co-writer Michael Green exec producing with Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Alcon’s head of TV Ben Roberts, David W. Zucker and Clayton Krueger of Scott Free, Cynthia Yorkin, Frank Giustra, and Isa Dick Hackett, with Tom Spezialy joining the writers room and exec producing.
“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 for 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.”
“We are delighted to continue our working relationship with our friends at Amazon,” Kosove and Johnson said. “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. 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.’”
Read more at Variety.