Blade Runner web series announced

Ridley Scott, the director of 1982’s seminal science fiction film Blade Runner, has announced that a new web series is in development that is set in the same fictional universe.

bladerunner460Ridley Scott, the director of 1982’s seminal science fiction film Blade Runner, has announced that a new web series is in development that is set in the same fictional universe.

The series, entitled Purefold, will be set eight years before the events of the film, and Scott’s commercials company RSA Films will be involved. “It’s actually based on the same themes as Blade Runner,” said David Bausola of the production company charged with the series, Ag8, to the New York Times. “It’s the search for what it means to be human and understanding the notion of empathy.”

The series will not be using a vast amount of the canon from the film however, nor will the characters or specific situations appear due to the company not holding the rights to Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? on which the film was based. The shorts will appear in 5-10 minute-long linked segments, and will be uploaded under a Creative Commons Licence, which gives audiences the opportunity to take the material and remix it or alter it for their own non-commercial purposes, should they wish to do so.

The original Blade Runner, released in 1982, starred Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young. The film followed a detective who hunted down artificial humans, named Replicants, designed for labour and fighting wars, who had gone rogue in a dystopian near-future Los Angeles.