Ridley Scott confirms Blade Runner television series is in the works

Cal Jeffrey

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Something to look forward to: The Blade Runner franchise is getting another addition. On Monday, BBC Radio 4 Today aired an interview with Ridley Scott confirming that a TV series based on the movie is already in production. The last live-action treatment the IP received was Blade Runner 2049 which bombed at the box office despite critics giving it rave reviews.

In a recent interview with the BBC, director Ridley Scott revealed that a Blade Runner television series is in the works. The award-winning filmmaker says that the pilot and the "bible" for the show have already been written. A TV show's bible is a description of the world in which the show takes place that goes beyond the script—the universe's lore, to put it another way.

Scott did not detail who is involved in the project or how the show will fit into the overarching story of the Blade Runner cinematic universe. He also didn't mention an estimated release window. However, Scott's Alien TV series, announced last December, is expected to debut in 2023 at the earliest. Assuming the projects have similar production schedules, a Blade Runner show would arrive no sooner than 2024.

In the meantime, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll debuted Blade Runner: Black Lotus this month. The 13-episode weekly animated series is set in Los Angeles in 2032 and follows a sword-wielding replicant with amnesia named Elle trying to escape the blade runners (trailer below).

Blade Runner: Black Lotus airs every Saturday on Adult Swim and is three weeks in so far. If you want to catch up, you can binge previously released episodes on Crunchyroll or the Adult Swim website (login with your cable provider).

Nightdive Studios is also remastering the old Blade Runner point-and-click adventure from 1997. Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition was set for release on consoles and PC last year. Unfortunately, Nightdive postponed delivery indefinitely last year. The developer said that the project is turning out to be more challenging than anticipated.

We might see the Blade Runner TV series debut before the game remake at the rate things are going. Fortunately, the original Blade Runner is still playable in its 1997 state, thanks to ScummVM. You can get it on GOG.

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azicat

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Heavens please no - if Scott's Prometheus and Alien Covenant are signs of things to come. He managed to break his own xenomorph universe with that final movie. As for Blade Runner? I thought the last movie was fine (what I'd expect from Villeneuve, no more no less), but other original TV shows have already gone deep into the covered themes, like Altered Carbon. It will be interesting if they can come up with anything new.
 

Rayneofpayne

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I guess?

I saw both movies and wasn't that impressed by either.
Comments like this make me wish there was a down vote button...
I would give some insights as to what this movie did for the cyberpunk genre, but then again it literally has 1 of the most famous acted improv moments of all time and has some of the most of interesting cinematography that affected movies coming decades later. Also how it affected everything from Anime to SciFi as well as Noir genre.
Not impressed....Lol
 

Rayneofpayne

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Heavens please no - if Scott's Prometheus and Alien Covenant are signs of things to come. He managed to break his own xenomorph universe with that final movie. As for Blade Runner? I thought the last movie was fine (what I'd expect from Villeneuve, no more no less), but other original TV shows have already gone deep into the covered themes, like Altered Carbon. It will be interesting if they can come up with anything new.
Just repeat after me, there was no Aliens movies after the first and second...and yes they all sucked afterwards, same with Predator.
 

azicat

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Just repeat after me, there was no Aliens movies after the first and second...and yes they all sucked afterwards, same with Predator.
Heh, I quite enjoyed Predators and The Predator for their schlock and borderline self-awareness. Agreed re: Alien/Aliens; I think Scott just couldn't leave it alone, instead turning it into a soapbox for some clumsy quasi-religious creationist allegory.
 

trgz

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TBH I've just gone back over the list of films he's directed and it's not inspiring: BR and Aliens are the only two I'd 'rave' about; Legend deserves a mention; but you've got the awful Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Alien:Covenant and Robin Hood to contend with.