The Cowboy Bebop Director Is Making a Blade Runner Anime Short

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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. Leto also stars in one of the short companion films, 2036: Nexus Dawn, while Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista appears in the third, 2048: Nowhere to Run.

Blade Runner 2049 is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard.

Hailing from director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Animatrix) comes Blade Runner: Black Out 2022, a new prequel that's going to be animated in the visionary's signature style. Hopefully subtitles will be ready to go for the debut, by then we'll be primed and ready; Blade Runner 2049 debuts in the United States on October 6. Check out the Blade Runner 2049 IMAX promo below, along with a special clip showing you the added picture value from IMAX! Sony Pictures Japan has unveiled a first look at the project in a new behind-the-scenes video. And the cyberpunk era has returned with the Scarlett Johansson-starring Ghost in the Shell (though whitewashing controversies helped turn the film into a box office bomb) and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.


"As an anime professional, the film that's had the greatest influence on me has to be Blade Runner".

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

And whilst he was more than a little vague on the deets, he did admit that his iteration is a "very different movie" to Ridley Scott's original. So it's fitting that Blade Runner would eventually become an anime as well.

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