With The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power having cemented Amazon Prime Video’s willingness to spend unfathomable sums of money in the creation of extremely high-end productions, the company’s next outing will also piggyback off a well-established big budget franchise. Amazon has confirmed it’s now developing the limited series Blade Runner 2099, which will act as a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s outstanding 2017 film Blade Runner 2049, while further expanding the world established in Ridley’s Scott’s landmark original Blade Runner from 1982.
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Set 50 years after the Ryan Gosling-starring 2049 – a film that had no right to be even half as good as it was – Amazon’s new series will see Scott return in an executive producer role alongside 2049 writer Michael Green. In addition, the showrunner behind the Halo series and the Apple TV+ exclusive Shining Girls, Silka Luisa, will be responsible for bringing the series to life.
According to Amazon Studios head of global television, Vernon Sanders, maintaining the good name of the Blade Runner franchise and it’s two for two success rate is a priority for the streaming service: “We are honoured 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.”
While it’s unclear who will star in the series, if Harrison Ford was willing to return to the franchise for the last instalment – a 35-year wait – we see no reason why he wouldn’t come back a third time. After all, he turned up for The Rise of Skywalker and this new series couldn’t possibly be as bad as that, could it?
Alcon Entertainment co-CEOs and co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are well aware of the dangerous waters into which they’re wading as the Blade Runner franchise remains one of the most beloved within science fiction, saying, “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 recognise that we have a very high bar to meet with this next instalment.”
While no release date has been confirmed for Blade Runner 2099, we can’t wait to revisit the world of the replicants. If you’re unclear on why we’re so excited, check out where Blade Runner 2049 placed on our list of the best sci-fi movies of the 21st century so far, then click on the link below to see what Amazon’s mammoth budgets achieved with The Rings of Power.