Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Alien Are Being Adapted Into Live-Action TV Series

Harrison Ford stars in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982).
Harrison Ford stars in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982). / Warner Home Video

Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction classic, has been having a revival in recent years. First there was Blade Runner 2049, from Dune director Denis Villeneuve. Then came Blade Runner: Black Lotus, an animated series on Adult Swim.

Now, Scott has revealed that there’s a new, reportedly live-action, Blade Runner TV show on the way. "We have already written the pilot for Blade Runner and the bible,” the four-time Oscar nominee said while appearing on BBC's Today. "So, we’re already presenting Blade Runner as a TV show, the first 10 hours."

Blade Runner is set in the bleak dystopian future of … uh, 2019, where human beings mix with life-like humanoid robots known as Replicants. Scott's prognostication skills may have been a little off, but it's an iconic movie for a reason. And Blade Runner isn’t the only Scott movie being revived for TV. Fargo creator Noah Hawley is working with Scott on an Alien series, which Scott says is “now being written for pilot.”

“It’s a story that’s set on Earth,” Hawley told Vanity Fair earlier this year. “The Alien stories are always trapped ... Trapped in a prison, trapped in a spaceship. I thought it would be interesting to open it up a little bit, so that the stakes of ‘What happens if you can’t contain it?’ are more immediate.”

Speaking of immediate: Scott, now 83, isn't one for sitting still. On October 15, Scott's star-packed epic The Last Duel—starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Ben Affleck, and Jodie Comer—was released in theaters. And later this week, his House of Gucci—starring Driver, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, and Jared Leto—will arrive in theaters.

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