Despite the underwhelming performance of Blade Runner 2049 at the box office, the Blade Runner franchise is still expanding as it was reported a while ago that Amazon and Alcon Entertainment are working on a Blade Runner 2099 live-action series. However, since then, there hasn't been a significant update about the project until now.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the series is now taking shape as Games of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa has been tapped to helm the pilot episode of Blade Runner 2099 and join the executive producing team. It is unknown yet if he will also direct the episodes beyond the pilot.
The plot details of the series remain under wraps. Ridley Scott, who helmed the original Blade Runner film, serves as one of the executive producers of the series while Silka Luisa is tapped as the showrunner. Michael Green, who co-wrote Blade Runner 2049, is also involved as a non-writing executive producer.
So far, there are no casting details yet on the series although reporter Jeff Sneider recently revealed in The Hot Mic podcast that Killing Eve and The Last Duel star Jodie Comer is in talks to star in the project. However, the information remains unconfirmed and it is unknown whether it will actually happen.
Besides directing six episodes of Game of Thrones, Podeswa also helmed episodes of Station Eleven, The Mosquito Coast, The Handmaid's Tale, Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, and American Horror Story. With his involvement in the project, he will be establishing the show's visual style.
This is certainly an exciting development for the project since this is a sign that it is officially moving forward and they have found one of its key creative players to spearhead it. Now, it would be interesting to see which other players will they hire in one of the most-anticipated shows in the next couple of years.
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