Date: 23rd November 2021
Ridley Scott has spoken publicly, for the first time, about the upcoming Blade Runner TV series spin-off.
The veteran director told the BBC's radio news program that development was well underway, suggesting that it was being earmarked as a 10-part series. "We have already written the pilot for Blade Runner and the bible," he said. "So we’re already presenting Blade Runner as a TV show, probably the first 10 hours."
Scott also confirmed that Alien was getting a "similar" TV spin-off.
"Alien is now being written for pilot," he said, adding that the 8-10 hour bible was also being put together. First announced back in December and commissioned by FX, the Alien TV series has Noah Hawley attached as showrunner. There is no news yet on where Blade Runner is being set up.
It's unclear when the "Blade Runner" series will take place, if it’ll be sandwiched in between the Scott-directed original film and the 2017 Denis Villeneuve "Blade Runner 2049" feature or if it'll be a new timeline that has yet to be explored.
Speaking about his latest film, House of Gucci, the 83-year-old hit back at the criticism from Patrizia Gucci in April that the MGM film was "stealing the identity of a family to make a profit to increase the income of the Hollywood system."
Said Scott: "It was about murder. They forget: He was murdered. One of the brothers went to jail for tax evasion. So don’t talk to me about making a profit. Are you kidding? When you do that you tend to become public domain."
Source: Press Release