Ridley Scott has revealed that a live-action Blade Runner television series is currently being developed, according to Variety. “We [have already] written the pilot for Blade Runner and the bible,” Scott told the BBC.
“So, we’re already presenting Blade Runner as a TV show, the first 10 hours.” Scott also revealed that the forthcoming Alien television series, produced by Legion creator, Noah Hawley, was receiving a similar treatment, with a pilot being written in addition to an accompanying story bible for a one-hour, 10-episode season.
The past 4 years have seen the revival of the legendary cyberpunk series. 2017 saw the release of Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to the 1982 original, while Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the first animated television series set in the Blade Runner universe, premiered on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll last year.
The show is set in 2032, between the events of the original 1982 movie and 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, aiming to fill in the gaps for fans. The anime series’ storyline follows Elle, voiced by Game of Thrones actress Jessica Henwick, a replicant who wakes up with no memory and few clues to her identity. The 13-episode series premiered on Adult Swim at the end of last year.
There’s been no official statement yet as to who will be attached to write or direct this new Blade Runner television series, and no word on when the series is slated to premiere or take place respective to the events of either the original Blade Runner or 2017’s Blade Runner 2049.
Regardless, the news of a forthcoming live-action series does seem to explain why Alcon Entertainment hired two people whose full-time job is keeping track of all the stories within the Blade Runner universe. With the premiere of Blade Runner: Black Lotus and this new untitled live-action series, that timeline is about to get a whole lot tighter.
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