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Amazon Prime Video announces limited ‘Blade Runner’ live-action TV series • TechCrunch

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“Blade Runner” is getting its own limited series on Prime Video. Amazon confirmed to TechCrunch that the streaming service today announced that it has turned on “Blade Runner 2099,” the first time the sci-fi franchise has received a live-action television broadcast. Last year, Adult Swim made an animated series called “Blade Runner: Black Lotus.”

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

Nothing else has been shared about the series, including the plot or its premiere date. However, based on the title, “Blade Runner 2099” will likely take place 50 years after the “Blade Runner 2049” sequel.

Directed by Ridley Scott, known for the 1979 horror “Alien,” the sci-fi film “Blade Runner” premiered in 1982 and later became a cult classic. The cyberpunk film stars Harrison Ford as a Los Angeles cop in a dystopian future. Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, is a blade runner who hunts down bio-engineered humanoids called “replicants”.

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

Alcon Entertainment, the production company that secured the production rights to the prequels and sequels to “Blade Runner” in 2011, said in a statement, “We are excited to continue our working relationship with our friends at Amazon. And we are more than happy to continue to expand the Blade Runner’ canon into a new realm…we hope we can live up to that standard and delight audiences with the next generation of ‘Blade Runner’,” co-CEOs and co-founders of Alcon Entertainment, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, said.

News of a green-lit “Blade Runner” series comes on the heels of the streamer airing a “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 advantage of the beloved fantasy adventure film trilogy. Amazon claims that 25 million viewers worldwide streamed “The Rings of Power” within the first 24 hours of its debut, noting it was the biggest premiere in Prime Video history.

It’s likely that Amazon Prime Video and other streaming services will continue to 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 bunch of “Star Trek” series on its platform.