As we first previewed here at borg last July, Titan Publishing and Alcon Media Group, the producer behind more than 30 films over the past 20 years, announced a partnership that will mean the beginning of an expanded universe of stories for Rick Deckard, Replicants, and the world of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. Today Titan Comics released its first look at the new comic book series, and revealed its title, Blade Runner 2019. The original film and this year have been the subject of millions of shared memes commenting on the fact that the real 2019 looks little like Ridley Scott’s 1982 vision of 2019.
The new series will be “in canon” comics and graphic novels that dive deeper into the Blade Runner world. According to an Alcon representative, “The Blade Runner universe has barely been explored; there is so much more there. It’s an honour to be bringing this world to life in new ways for a new audience – and to reveal tales from that universe that you’ve never seen before.” Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was adapted from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a novel by science fiction legend Philip K. Dick, who endorsed the original film project in 1982, but died before its release.
Launching this summer, Titan Comics’ new series will be set during the exact timeframe of the original 1982 Blade Runner film, and feature a mostly new set of characters and situations. Artist Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America) created the above first looks at characters featured in the new story. He joins Oscar-nominated Blade Runner 2049 screenwriter Michael Green (Logan) and Mike Johnson (Star Trek, Superman/Batman) on the series.
Other than the release last year of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 (reviewed here at borg.com) starring the return of Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard and film lead Ryan Gosling, the franchise lay dormant for the most part, with only the occasion home release tweak of the original film by director Ridley Scott, an adaptation and prequel to Dick’s novel from BOOM! Studios, and a brief series of sequel novels.
Most recently Alcon has been known for its Syfy series, The Expanse. Keep checking back in with borg for more information on these new Blade Runner–and possibly other–stories from this team.