This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Netflix developing a Power Rangers universe, a Blade Runner series, Epic Games acquires Harmonix, and Street Fighter characters join Brawlhalla.

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Netflix is developing a Power Rangers universe of movies and series

Netflix is developing a Power Rangers universe of interconnected films and series.

eOne’s Michael Lombardo teased that an update may be revealed soon, saying, “Since we set up Power Rangers with Jonathan (Entwistle), we pitched really a whole-world approach. It’s not just one show, it is shows followed by films, and some kids’ programming. We have found a great writing partner for him and they are off. Knock on wood, Netflix is excited, we’re excited, and we hope to have some news soon.”

Netflix also recently picked up the rights to the second season of Power Rangers Dino Fury, the current incarnation of the long-running franchise. However, the new interconnected Power Rangers universe will be separate from all of the films and TV shows that preceded it.

Blade Runner series in development from Ridley Scott

Blade Runner director Ridley Scott has confirmed that a TV show based on the sci-fi classic is in development.

He said in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today that, “We’re already into having written the pilot for Blade Runner, and the bible. So already presenting Blade Runner as a TV show, which should probably be the first 10 hours.”

Scott didn’t provide any insight about who’s involved with the series or how it ties into his movie or the sequel, which was released in 2017.

Epic Games buys Guitar Hero’s Harmonix to create musical journeys in Fornite

Epic Games has acquired Harmonix, the studio behind music games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Fuser. While the studio stated that they’ll be working with Epic to bring their unique brand of musical gaming experiences to the Metaverse, their immediate plans are to create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite.

In the meantime, Harmonix says it will continue to support its existing slate of games. That means Rock Band players can continue to look forward to new DLC and Fuser players can expect the studio to continue hosting events. Additionally, any game that’s currently available through Steam will continue to be sold through Valve’s storefront.

Street Fighter’s Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma are coming to Brawlhalla

Street Fighter characters Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma are making their way to Ubisoft’s free-to-play platform fighter Brawlhalla.

Their arrival coincides with an in-game event featuring a new mode called Street Brawl, which adopts Street Fighter’s health bars and adds other aesthetic effects inspired by Capcom’s fighting game franchise. All three fighters are available to use in Brawlhalla right now.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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