Blade Runner Anime Series Coming To Adult Swim
The sci-fi cult classic is getting an anime series!
Anime Series Titled Blade Runner: Black Lotus Now In Development!
It was announced today that an anime series set in the world of Blade Runner are currently in development! All 13 half-hour episodes will be brought to life by Alcon Television Group and WarnerMedia's Adult Swim. While the popular American network will have the worldwide distribution rights for this seres (except for Asia), Crunchyroll will have the global streaming rights. The show it takes place in 2032 and is set to include some familiar Blade Runner characters. That means it's set 13 years after the original 1982 film, 18 years before last year's sequel, and ten years after the short film which inspired this new series. It's unknown which actors will might come back, but it'd be awesome to have Harrison Ford make a cameo as Rick Deckard or Edward James Olmos return as Graff.
Jason DeMarco, svp/creative director of Adult Swim on-air said, “I first saw Blade Runner in 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life. To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”
Executive producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson added, “The Blade Runner universe is an incredibly deep well for story and character with its world and mythology that audiences have been debating and talking about since inception. We are excited to continue exploring that world via this anime series.”
Lancaster added, “We are thrilled to have Shinji Aramaki, Kenji Kamiyama and Shinichiro Watanabe as our creative partners and look forward to the exciting journey ahead.” "Blade Runner is a seminal work, and its influence permeates the genre," said Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll. "Adult Swim shares our excitement to bring this new series to fans, and we're looking forward to building on this franchise together."
Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) are directing the series, with Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) serving as creative producer. Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, and Al-Francis Cuenca will executive produce the project, along with Sola Digital Art's Joseph Chou. Alcon's Ben Roberts will co-execuitve prodce and Production IG's Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is a production advisor. Check out the anime short that inspired the series below. Blade Runner: Black Lotus is expected to debut on Adult Swim in late 2019.