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Featured Image Credit: Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Imaginechina Limited / Alamy.
Blade Runner 2099 has been green-lit by Amazon and is coming to Prime Video.
We’re heading back to dystopian Los Angeles, people!
The Amazon Studios’ live-action series will have original 1982 Blade Runner director Ridley Scott at the helm as an executive producer in what will be a welcome addition for fans.
The upcoming sci-fi series will be a follow-up to the 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049 and will be set, you guessed it, 50 years after the feature film.
The Blade Runner universe is one of the most captivating settings in any sci-fi series, and if previous Amazon production, The Rings Of Power, is anything to go off, then we’re in for some quality and high-end visuals.
Vernon Sanders, head of global television for Amazon Studios, released a statement via Deadline: “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.
“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.”
Silka Luisa (Shining Girls and Halo) wrote the script for the series and will join Ridley Scott as an executive producer for the show.
The original 1982 film was an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The film centres around a fugitive group of synthetic humans known as replicants who escape back to earth.
It is up to burnt-out cop Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, to reluctantly hunt them down.
The 2017 sequel starred Ryan Gosling as a replicant who hunts down and ‘retires’ other rogue replicants.
The sequel itself was first proposed all the way back in 1990 but was tough to put together due to licensing issues.
So for fans of the neo-noir sci-fi series, it’s a fantastic prospect to get so much Blade Runner content in the space of a few years after such a hiatus away.
One fan online tweeted: “I’m here for the cyberpunk sub genre getting more things! Gimme more neon sci-fi dystopian hell!”
Another said: “This is spectacular news. Officially one of my most anticipated shows ever. I’m not sure where they’re taking the Blade Runner universe, but I’m here for it.”
A third wrote: “Wait... what? YES! I was not expecting this. Maybe we don't live in the darkest timeline.”
Sci-fi goodness coupled with Amazon’s production - incredibly keen for this.