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Adult Swim has announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) a new anime series based on Ridley Scott’s legendary 1982 classic Blade Runner.
The series, titled Blade Runner – Black Lotus, will initially span 13 episodes and will be made by Adult Swim in collaboration with Alcon Television Group. The film is based on the equally legendary 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick.
The series will be primarily based on the Blade Runner 2049 sequel, and will have 2049 screenwriters Michael Green and Mike Johnson set to write. Details are scarce, but we do know it’s set in the year 2032, between the two films, and will include “familiar characters.”
Animation will be produced by Sola Digital Arts (who handled the excellent anime spinoff/prequel Blade Runner Black Out 2022) with both Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama (upcoming Ghost in the Shell reboot) directing all episodes. Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) is also on board as creative producer.
Editor’s Note: Artwork by Ilya Kuvshinov