New Blade Runner 2099 Amazon TV series gets Green Light

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by | Sep 16, 2022 | Film & TV

The replicants story continues

Back to the Blade Runner Universe

Amazon Studios announced that they were developing a live action Blade Runner series back in February, this has now been picked up and a limited series ordered in collaboration with Alcon Entertainment, the rights holders. Entitled Blade Runner 2099 it will be exec produced by Ridley Scott and have Silka Luisa (Halo, Shining Girls) as showrunner.

Blade Runner

Ridley Scott directed the original Blade Runner movie in 1982, an adaptation of the Philip K Dick story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos  and M Emmet Young. The iconic film has become a reference point for science fiction ever since, it defined a look and style that is emulated to this day, yet despite it’s huge legacy, it didn’t actually do that well at the box office when originally released. A combination of bungled marketing and good old studio interference tripped it up. The studio insisted on a voice over as they didn’t understand it, plus a tacked on happy ending rather than the brilliant ambiguity that Scott intended.

Thankfully Scott revisited his masterpiece and has made several director cuts of it – in fact its a movie that has so many versions its hard to keep track, seven versions in total have been seen from test screenings to directors cuts. the ones to watch are the Directors Cut and the Final Cut. Wikipedia has all the deatil on the versions. Blade Runner holds up to this day as a tour de force of effects and design and its influence can be felt through science fiction literature and film & TV. It’s core concept, ‘what makes us human’ is a recurring motif explored in everything from HBOs Westworld to The Matrix. Blade Runner is rightly hailed as one of the best science fiction films of all time.

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Blade Runner 2049

This sequel, directed by visionary film maker Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green was released in 2017. It took the themes of Blade Runner and explored its consequences. Villeneuve bult upon the world and made a beautifully contemplative film that again didn’t do so well at the box office but has gone on to be a touchstone in the genre. It starred Ryan Gosling as ‘K’ and Harrison Ford as Deckard, with Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto.

It won oscars for Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins BSC ASC) and Best Visual Effects. The movie proved that the world of Blade Runner is ripe for more stories and exploration.

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Blade Runner 2099

Warning – spoilers for Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 Ahead!

We don’t know anything about the story, apart from it being described as a sequel to the films, whether Deckard or his daughter will be involved is a mystery. Certainly the implications, that replicannts can bear children, are potentially world changing. What will have become of the Wallace corporation? Will the replicant freedom movement have become stronger or been persecuted? there are many avenues that the writers can explore, showrunner Silka Luisa made something brilliant in the Parmount Halo TV series – yes it polarised fans, but as sci-fi entertainment it was brilliantly paced and built a convincing world.

Here’s hoping that Ridley Scott directs one of the episodes.

Written by Iain Hazlewood

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