A Blade Runner Anime Is Coming Our Way!

Directed by Cowboy Bebop‘s Shinichiro Watanabe, a new anime based on the Blade Runner film is in the works as reported by The Verge. The short is named Blade Runner Black Out 2022 and will take place three years after the original film. According to the official timeline of the movie, the plot will be based around an electricity failure on the United States western coast. That power failure soon results to cities shutting down, the financial and trade markets are thrown into chaos, and food supplies fall short. No one is sure as to what has caused the black outs, but Replicants (the bio-engineered robots featured in the original film) are blamed.

Blade Runner Anime - Concept Art
Image: Sony Pictures Japan

The teaser for the upcoming anime depicts behind-the-scenes footage of the animators and artists working on the film. It also contains the concept art for the costumes, characters, and a few action sequences.

Blade Runner Anime - Costume Design
Image: Sony Pictures Japan

Watanabe has stated that he wants to respect the original 1982 film and is in no way trying to imitate the original, Kotaku reports.

Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is the latest short out of the Blade Runner universe to show more detail about the period between the first movie, set in 2019, and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. The other day we were introduced to new character Sapper, played by Dave Bautista, and before that, to Blade Runner 2049’s likely villain Niander Wallace, helmed by a creepy, dystopian Jared Leto. Blade Runner 2049 is due out October 6th, 2017.


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