There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for iconic franchises making their return, as Ridley Scott is currently developing a live-action sequel series to the popular Blade Runner series. It will be titled Blade Runner 2099 and is a direct sequel to Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049. Silka Luisa, who is currently showrunning Starz’s Shining Girls series will write and executive produce the project. Scott Free Productions is working on the project in association with Alcon Entertainment and Amazon Studios. We first heard of the project back in November from Scott, who teased that they were writing the pilot and bible for the series at the time.
It’s not the first series adaptation that takes place within this universe, but it is the first to do so in live-action. Blade Runner: Black Lotus was an anime adaptation that was released last year on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. It was set in 2032 and featured a female replicant voiced by Iron Fist’s Jessica Henwick. Alcon has been busy expanding the iconic franchise after purchasing the rights to it back in 2011.
While Villeneuve‘s film starring Ryan Gosling didn’t leave a big dent in the box office, it went on to become a cult classic among fans and critics. It’s also the second TV adaptation of a popular Ridley Scott project, as his Alien franchise is also currently getting the long-form storytelling format. So, the famous director is going to be quite busy moving forward.