TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - July 13, 2018
While it was a wholly satisfying film that appealed to both die hard and casual fans of the franchise, the one thing Blade Runner 2049 was not was a box office success. Many of us thought this meant that would be the end of the franchise for good, but it looks like it's going to continue... in print anyway.
Titan Comics and Books—the company behind such comic book adaptations as Doctor Who and The Prisoner—has announced via press release that it will be releasing a series of "new, in canon comics and graphic novels that dive deeper into the Blade Runner world as well as a variety of publications focused on the visual and technical sides of the production process."
The press release continues...
“In partnering with the exceptional Titan Comics and Titan Books, we’re confident that the world of Blade Runner will continue to organically grow in a way that refuses to sacrifice the quality, tone and high standards of this beloved property," said Alcon's Kosove and Johnson. Editorial duties will be handled by Titan’s David Manley-Leach, and Alcon’s director of publishing, Jeff Conner.
“We are extremely excited to be publishing Blade Runner comics and illustrated books,” added Titan publishers Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung. “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.”
While it's not the most satisfactory way to keep the series going, it's definitely an avenue in which they can afford to take more risks than another feature film would allow. Perhaps we'll finally get to visit the off-world colony we heard so much about in the films. The possibilities are endless and I personally can't wait for this new addition to the series. There is no word on when the first comics and books will be available, but I expect it'll be sometime next year.
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