Amazon has picked up Blade Runner 2099, a live-action series set in the Blade Runner sci-fi franchise, for Prime Video.
Hailing from Amazon Studios, Alcon Entertainment and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, the series is being executive produced by Scott and is a follow-up to his 1982 original film Blade Runner, and Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049.
Silka Luisa, who served as showrunner on Apple TV+’s Shining Girls, will also serve as showrunner on this series, which Scott first confirmed was in development late last year.
The original film, Blade Runner, was based on the Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, and was set in the dystopian then-future of 2019, starring Harrison Ford as a detective on the hunt for rogue androids that looked human.
The film’s 2017 sequel, Blade Runner 2049, starred Ford and Ryan Gosling, while an anime series based on the franchise, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, set in the year 2032, launched on Adult Swim last year.
While plot details for the new series are under wraps, the title indicates the series will jump the franchise ahead to the year 2099.
Blade Runner 2049 co-writer Michael Green will also executive produce alongside Alcon Entertainment co-founders 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. Tom Spezialy has joined the writers room and will also serve as an executive producer.
“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, 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.”