Amazon Prime Video Announces Live-Action ‘Blade Runner’ Limited TV Series • TheTechWarrior

“Blade Runner” is getting its own limited series on Prime Video. Amazon confirmed to TheTechWarrior that the streaming services announced today that it is green-lighting “Blade Runner 2099,” the first time the sci-fi franchise is getting a live-action TV show. Last year, Adult Swim made an anime series called “Blade Runner: Black Lotus”.

The Hollywood Reporter initially leaked the news in February. Amazon made the news official today.

Nothing else has been shared about the series, including the plot or when it will premiere. Based on the title, “Blade Runner 2099” will likely be set 50 years after the sequel “Blade Runner 2049”.

Directed by Ridley Scott, who is known for the 1979 horror film “Alien”, the science fiction film “Blade Runner” premiered in 1982 and later became a cult classic. In the cyberpunk film, Harrison Ford plays a Los Angeles police officer in a dystopian future. Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, is a blade runner who hunts for biotech humanoids called “replicates.”

Thirty-five years later, the franchise was revived and the sequel “Blade Runner 2049” hit theaters in 2017, starring Ryan Gosling as a replicant blade runner.

Alcon Entertainment, the production company that acquired the rights to produce Blade Runner’s prequels and sequels in 2011, said in a statement, “We’re excited to continue our working relationship with our friends at Amazon. And we’re beyond excited. to continue extending the Blade Runner’s canon into a new realm…we hope we can live up to that standard and delight the public with the next-generation ‘Blade Runner'”, Alcon Entertainment co-CEOs and co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson , said.

News of a green-lit “Blade Runner” series comes on the heels of the streamer who released a “The Lord of the Rings” series earlier this month. “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” has done extremely well for the streaming service, taking over the beloved fantasy adventure film trilogy. Amazon claimed that 25 million viewers worldwide streamed “The Rings of Power” in the first 24 hours of its debut, noting that it was the biggest premiere in Prime Video history.

It is likely that Amazon Prime Video and other streaming services will revive popular franchises in an effort to gain more subscribers.

Disney+ is considered the king of franchises, releasing series after series based on the “Star Wars” universe. Paramount+ has a number of “Star Trek” series on its platform.