Saturday, May 25, 2024

“Blade Runner 2049,” A Cult Hit with Disappointing Box Office, Headed to TV as Series



We haven’t seen the last of Rick Deckard. The last time we saw the hero of “Blade Runner” was in “2049” last year. Played by Harrison Ford, he found his daughter, born from replicant.

Meanwhile, the younger star of the movie, K, played by Ryan Gosling, lay dying, while snow fell all around him.

The sequel to “Blade Runner,” so hotly anticipated, was a box office disappointment. But Roger Deakins won an Oscar for cinematography, and the movie won a second Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual effects. The fervor for “Blade Runner” still exists. A third movie wouldn’t be practical, but a TV series was inevitable.

And so I’ve been told that the series is being developed right now, although no details are set. It does seem like Rick, his daughter, and maybe K sans snowflakes would form the central family, with lots of possibilities for new characters and old ones. Producers of the film are on the fast track.

The biggest part of a “Blade Runner” TV series would be the look. They’re not going to get Deakins, so the hunt would be on for a director of photography who can translate the iconic “Blade Runner” images.

And who would play Rick? Not Harrison Ford although who knows? Maybe Netflix or Amazon would pay for him. But if this turns out to be for Syfy or another cabler, the casting will have to be ingenious.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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