Variety is reporting that Alcon Television Group has partnered up with Adult Swim to develop a new anime series inspired by Blade Runner 2049 that will be called Blade Runner: Black Lotus.
Blade Runner takes us a grimy yet neon-bright vision of the future where man has developed the technology to create human clones (referred to as replicants) used to service in the colonies outside Earth with predetermined lifespans. The original film (released in 1982) took us to 2019 Los Angeles, where Rick Deckard works as a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants. Originally retired, an officer named Gaff brings him in to his former supervisor, Bryant, to track down and terminate four replicants who have escaped from an off-world colony to Earth. As they are Tyrell Corporation Nexus-6 models they have come to Earth in an attempt to extend their four-year lifespan. The sequel, Blade Runner 2049 (released last year) took place thirty years after the events of the first film, focusing on a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, who unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Jason DeMarco, SVP and Creative Director of Adult Swim 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.
Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll said:
Blade Runner is a seminal work, and its influence permeates the genre. Adult Swim shares our excitement to bring this new series to fans, and we’re looking forward to building on this franchise together.
The anime series will consist of thirteen half-hour episodes, though at this moment in time plot details are being kept under wraps, other than it’s believed that the anime series will take place in 2032 and some established characters from the Blade Runner universe will make an appearance. The series will be produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts.
Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama will direct all the episodes, with Shinichiro Watanabe (who wrote and directed the anime short Blade Runner Black Out 2022) serving as creative director. Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Al-Francis Cuenca and Sola Digital Art’s Joseph Chou will all serve as executive producers on the project, while Alcon’s Ben Roberts will serve as co-executive producer. IG’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will serve as production adviser.