It’s been five years since Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049 graced movie theaters worldwide, and even though the film didn’t do gangbusters at the box office, it seems like Hollywood isn’t done with Replicants just yet.
Deadline is reporting that Ridley Scott, who directed the original 1982 film is producing Blade Runner 2099, which will be a direct sequel series of Villeneuve’s film for Amazon Studios.
Silka Luisa, showrunner of Apple TV+’s upcoming Elisabeth Moss-fronted drama series Shining Girls, is writing and exec producing Blade Runner 2099, which comes from Alcon Entertainment in association with Scott Free Productions and Amazon Studios.
1982’s Blade Runner, which is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, is set in a dystopian LA in 2019, in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on space colonies. When a fugitive group of advanced replicants escape back to Earth, a cop reluctantly agrees to hunt them down. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos starred.
Deadline notes, “The project, which would mark the first Blade Runner live-action series, is in priority development at Amazon Studios, which is fast tracking scripts and eyeing potential production dates. Staffing is currently underway for writers to join a room. Scott may direct if the series moves forward, sources said.”
I loved the original Blade Runner and the underrated Ryan Gosling-starring sequel. Since this will be a sequel to the 2017 film, I wonder if they will explore the themes from the previous film, such as replicants having the ability to reproduce, and the uprising they had in store against Tyrell Industries.
I’m also curious who they will cast as the new Blade Runner, because I doubt they’ll be looking to bring back Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling (their characters would be too old or dead since the sequel series takes place 50 years later)
I just hope the series is able to find the balance between the moody, cyberpunk atmosphere of both films, and marry it with some really cool action set pieces.