Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

The Cowboy Bebop Director Is Making a Blade Runner Anime Short

The Cowboy Bebop Director Is Making a Blade Runner Anime Short

Perhaps this short film will spark a Blade Runner anime series? It's somewhat fitting for a franchise that has so heavily influenced the cyberpunk wave of anime in the '90s - which has made it back to the big screen in this year's adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

"Director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) is directing an animated short tie-in to the Blade Runner 2049 film, which opens in Japan on October 27".

The 33-year-old has penned the soundtrack to Blade Runner 2022, which fills fans in on events between the original movie, set in 2019, and the forthcoming sequel Blade Runner 2049. 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. We'll be able to judge for ourselves once the full short is released on September 26th on Sony Pictures Japan YouTube channel, but it looks and sounds like Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 is in good hands.

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None of the characters are familiar faces, though that's to be expected. However, given that the design brief was presumably to produce a series of posters explaining to audiences who's who in the movie, I guess you can call it a job done (if not a job particularly well done). Cowboy Bebop's director/creator, Shinicihro Watanabe, is going to be working on a Blade Runner anime. What he is referring to in the bottle is a futuristic design inspired by the Johnnie Walker Black Label iconic prop from the original Blade Runner film. Pictures'Blade Runner 2049 will allow fans to experience more of the action than in any other format.

The video was more of a teaser than a full preview, as it only offered the briefest of glimpses at what's coming in Blade Runner: Black Out 2022.

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