It seems that the Blade Runner world is about to expand once again with a new series entitled Blade Runner 2099.
According to Deadline, Amazon Studios is in the early stages of developing Blade Runner 2099. The series will serve as a continuation of the story from 1982’s Blade Runner and 2017’s Blade Runner 2049.
Silka Luisia is writing the series and serving as executive producer along with Ridley Scott, the director of the original film.
The series is reportedly in ‘priority development’ at Amazon Studios with scripts being fast tracked and production dates already being examined. Scott may be involved with directing the series, but that detail remains to be ironed out.
The original film was adapted from Philip K. Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and was set in a version of 2019 where we had flying cars and human-like Replicants occasionally went rogue. 2049 followed the return of Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard from the original and jumped the series ahead 30 years.
There is currently an anime series entitled Blade Runner: Black Lotus that deals with the events of 2032.
The series hails from Alcorn Entertainment which was also behind The Expanse which just came to an end on Amazon Prime Video. Blade Runner 2099 seems like a perfect fit for the service to sit next to its upcoming Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series.
Amazon seems to be focusing on high-cost genre productions at the moment, and one has to wonder other legacy IPs the company could go after next.