'Cowboy Bebop' director made a 'Blade Runner' animated short

Emmett Rice
September 17, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and the team behind the highly anticipated sequel have been coming up some unique ways to set up the story for the sequel. Plus, electronic mastermind Flying Lotus will be in charge of the score.

The first short focused on Jared Leto's Jared Leto's villainous Niander Wallace while the latest is titled 2048: Nowhere to Run.

"Blade Runner: Black Out 2022", directed by Shinichirô Watanabe, best known for the 1998 Cowboy Bebop anime series and his contributions to The Animatrix, takes place three years after Blade Runner.

Sony Pictures Japan has dropped a teaser of the anime, which shows concept art, sketches, and a few seconds of animation.

As you can surmise from the title, the short film will bridge the gap between the original film's 2019 setting and the 30 years that have passed before the upcoming sequel.

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"The work that has influenced me the most in my anime profession would be, of course, Blade Runner", says Watanabe in the video. Watanabe's goal in making the short movie is to pay a respectful homage to Blade Runner, while not creating an "imitation".

Nerds, rejoice. As the new Blade Runner movie inches closer and closer, we need something to tie us over in the interim.

The cyclical nature of Blade Runner and the cyberpunk genre in anime is fascinating.

"It was also a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help create the limited-edition Director's Cut blend, which perfectly captures the complex mysterious world of Blade Runner 2049".

Blade Runner 2049 is coming to theaters on October 6, 2017.

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