Is a Blade Runner TV series coming our way? If a new rumor is to be believed, just such a thing is being developed as we speak. This needs to be taken with a tremendous grain of salt and should be regarded as rumor for the time being until the studio, or someone involved with the project, weighs in. But for those who enjoyed Blade Runner 2049, this could be a dream come true.
Per this new rumor, the producers of last year's sequel are developing a series that takes place in the same universe. While nothing is set in stone, it appears as though the Blade Runner TV series would center on characters, such as Rick Deckard and his daughter, who was introduced in 2049. That doesn't mean that Harrison Ford is necessarily going to come back as Deckard or that Ryan Gosling will reprise his role as K, but that's not totally off the table either. At this point, very little actual information has been made available.
Director Denis Villeneuve struck critical gold with Blade Runner 2049 last year. The movie proved to be a miraculous sci-fi achievement and a worthy successor to Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner, which was released in 1982. Though Scott's original struggled upon its initial release, it has since gone on to be regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made. The world created by Scott, based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? represents a rich world to explore further, as evidenced by last year's well-regarded sequel.
In that way, the idea of continuing the story in a TV series makes a great deal of sense. But Blade Runner 2049, despite being a critical hit, was a bit of a disaster at the box office, bringing in just $259 million worldwide, working from a $150 million budget. But $259 million is nothing to scoff at and the franchise has a lot of fans. Were the budget not so high, the sequel may have been looked at in a bit of a different light. But it's tough to imagine a Blade Runner TV series would be a cheap endeavor no matter how you slice it. Especially if the producers would hope to attract big-name talent.
But resurrecting franchises as TV shows is becoming common practice. Fox has Lethal Weapon, for example, and Amazon is developing a very expensive Lord of the Rings TV series as we speak. For that matter, Amazon recently released a series titled Electric Dreams, based on the works of Philip K. Dick. Perhaps they would make a good home for a Blade Runner show? They're certainly happy to pony up big money for the right project.
For that matter, streaming services are desperate to get their hands on content that could attract a large audience. Blade Runner, if adapted correctly, could work very well on the small screen. It's just a rumor for now, but one that doesn't seem as crazy as it may sound. Hopefully, if this really is happening, we'll get some more official details sooner rather than later. Just don't get your hopes up quite yet. This was first reported by Showbiz 411.