The ‘Game of Thrones’ director to helm Amazon Studios’ new installment of the ‘Blade Runner’ franchise, set 50 years after the events of ‘Blade Runner 2049;’ Silka Luisa to showrun and executive produce.
Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones, Station Eleven) is on board to direct Amazon Studio’s new installment of the Blade Runner franchise, Blade Runner 2099, according to Variety. Ridley Scott, director of the original, seminal Blade Runner (1982), will executive produce the upcoming live-action limited series, which serves as a follow-up to Scott’s critically acclaimed sequel, Blade Runner 2049 (2017), which was helmed by Denis Villeneuve.
“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,” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television, Amazon Studios. “We are honored 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.”
Blade Runner 2049, set in the year 2049, starred Ryan Gosling as the newest blade runner, who discovers a grave and insidious secret that not only affects him, but the entire city. Ford and Olmos reprised their roles in the sequel, joined by Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto. Blade Runner 2099 is set 50 years after the sequel, although the plot is still firmly under wraps.
While 2099 will be the first live-action series in the franchise, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, an anime series set in 2032, focuses on the perspective of a female replicant and debuted November 2021 on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll.
Luisa (Shining Girls) will showrun and executive produce under the Alcon Entertainment banner with Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson’s Alcon TV head Ben Roberts, in association with Scott Free Productions and Amazon Studios. Podeswa will also executive produce with Michael Green (writer for Blade Runner 2049), Cynthia Yorkin, and Scott Free Productions’ David W. Zucker and Clayton Krueger, Frank Giustra, Tom Spezialy, and Isa Dick Hackett.
No word yet on who will handle the VFX. The series is set to stream on Prime Video at a yet un-announced date.