Blade Runner 2099: Ridley Scott to produce Amazon series
"Blade Runner 2099" is set to continue the hit sci-fi film "Blade Runner 2049" as an Amazon Prime series. Cult director Ridley Scott is on board - and may even direct.
Industry website Deadline reports that Amazon is preparing a sci-fi series smash hit for Prime streaming: "Blade Runner 2099" is to follow the successful movie sequel "Blade Runner 2049," which made a triumphant comeback on the big screen in 2017 with Ryan Gosling in the lead role and Denis Villeneuve as director. The series is set, as the name suggests, 50 years after the events of the film.
Blade Runer 2099: Ridley Scott is the producer
Ridley Scott, the director of the original 1982 film Blade Runner, is said to be pulling the strings on the Blade Runner 2099 series as executive producer. According to Deadline, it is possible that Ridley Scott will direct some of the episodes himself. Most recently, he did so on the android series Raised by Wolves with his son Luke Scott.
The showrunner for Blade Runner 2099 is slated to be Silka Luisa, who is working on the sci-fi miniseries Shining Girls (2022). The series is set in 1930s Chicago - but the serial killer portrayed finds a time travel device. So Luisa's in the subject.
Blade Runner series is "top priority" for Amazon
Amazon needs new ammunition for the "streaming wars" with Netflix and Disney. With Blade Runner, Prime would have one of the most popular sci-fi brands in its program, which could definitely compete with other streaming heavyweights - if the quality is right. The successful film sequel from 2017 has created a good foundation for this.
Blade Runner 2099 is said to be a "top priority" at Amazon Studios, but is apparently still in an early phase. According to Deadline, writers are still being sought, scripts are in the works and production dates are being scheduled.
Scott had mentioned the Blade Runner series project to the BBC last November. At that time, he spoke of ten planned episodes and an already completed script for the pilot episode. No information is yet known about the plot or the actors.
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