The long-rumored Blade Runner sequel series is now here. According to Variety, Amazon has authorised the development of Blade Runner 2099 for Prime Video. Ridley Scott, the original film’s director, will serve as an executive producer with Silka Luisa (Halo and Shining Girls), who will also act as the showrunner. The plot of 2099 is unknown beyond the fact that it takes place 50 years after Blade Runner 2049, although Amazon’s worldwide TV chief Vernon Sanders stated that the sequel will retain the films’ “intellect, ideas, and spirit.”
When Blade Runner was released, it became one of the most famous sci-fi films due to its use of noir-style filming and numerous parallels to imagery from the Bible and other great literature.
The cast hasn’t been announced yet, but given events in previous films and the show’s history, it’s unlikely you’ll see recognisable faces. Amazon has also not stated when the series would be released.
The project has the potential to be one of Amazon’s most ambitious series to date. In recent years, the firm has increased the production values of Prime Video projects, which looks to have paid off – the first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power allegedly cost $465 million to film, and set a Prime viewership record upon its release. It wouldn’t be shocking if Amazon made a significant (but not necessarily massive) investment in a well-known series like Blade Runner.