Wow, while we might not be getting a sequel to Blade Runner 2049 anytime soon fans can now expect new stories set in the unvierse in the form of a brand new anime series.
Variety reports that Alcon Television Group are partnering with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll to produce a 13-episode anime series set in the Blade Runner universe titled Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Details are scarce but this series is said to be taking place in the year 2032 and will include some established characters.
“Blade Runner-Black Lotus,” as it will be called, will consist of 13 half-hour episodes. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps, but it is known that the story will take place in 2032 and will include some established characters from the “Blade Runner” universe.
The series will be produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts. Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama will direct all episodes of the premiere season, which will follow their current directorial work on the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell” series reboot. Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as creative producer. Watanabe previously wrote and directed the anime short film “Blade Runner Black Out 2022,” which served as one of three anime short prequels to “Blade Runner 2049.” Aramaki also worked on “Black Out 2022” in the art department.
Blade Runner Black Out 2022 writer/director Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as creative producer on the series. Along with Ghost In The Shell’s Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama set to direct all the episodes of the first season.
As it stands, it doesn’t look like either Denis Villeneuve or Ridley Scott will be invovled.
I’m a massive fan and this news is certainly what we want to hear after the Blade Runner 2049 box office wasn’t what the studio had hoped with talk of multiple sequels being planned.
In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo’s Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new and highly-anticipated animated short which serves as a prologue for the upcoming feature film Blade Runner 2049.