Jodie Comer set to lead small screen take on Blade Runner

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Amazon Studio’s Blade Runner 2099 will reportedly reunite Jodie Comer with Ridley Scott as the sci-fi saga moves to the small screen. 

We’ve known for a while that the Blade Runner would be the latest cinematic series to transition to the smaller screen, since Amazon announced back in September of last year that it had secured the rights and would be producing a television series titled Blade Runner 2099.

The project will mark the third major episode in the Blade Runner series following Ridley Scott’s 1982 original which was followed by 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, helmed by Denis Villeneuve. The series’ take on a world ravaged by environmental destruction, where artificial intelligence has become indecipherable from humanity only seems more prescient with each passing year and we’re keen to see how Halo's Silka Luisa evolves the material for long-form storytelling.

Personally, we would have rather have seen another film in the series but if this is how we get more Blade Runner then so be it.

Following Villeneuve’s 2017 beautiful and sprawling addition to the series, there’s an argument that Blade Runner would be better situated on the small screen. That said, Blade Runner has serious cinematic heritage and the announcement of Jodie Comer’s potential involvement only adds to those cinematic roots that the series needs to retain. Ridley Scott is executive producing the new series and he and Comer have worked together before on the underrated historical drama, The Last Duel. 

Comer was also set to star in Scott’s upcoming take on Napoleon alongside Joaquin Phoenix until a scheduling conflict took her out of contention but if these reports are accurate, then a starring role in a Blade Runner series is not a bad way to reunite with the veteran filmmaker.

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