Cowboy Bebop Director Shinichiro Watanabe is directing an anime prequel to Blade Runner 2049. Little is known about the project but Sony Pictures Japan has released a making of trailer for the short.
The anime short is called Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 and will act as a prequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult-classic 1982 sci-fi thriller film, Blade Runner.
Black Out 2022 is set between the events of the two films. In the year 2022, an EMP explosion causes a global blackout with enormous, destructive effects across the world, while tension between humans and replicants begins to rise. It isn’t clear whether the short will follow the events leading up to the EMP explosion, during or after, but it will release on September 26.
Shinichiro Watanabe is an anime auteur best known for directing the western-inspired Cowboy Bebop. Watabane also directed Samurai Champloo, Terror in Resonance and Space Dandy, and contributed to The Matrix co-directors’ 2001 anime film anthology, Animatrix. He will be in Australia in November for Madman’s Anime Festival.
Blade Runner 2049 releases on October 5.
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