by Nolan Leahy
A new Blade Runner anime short called Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is in the works and is set several years after the initial movie, according to Kotaku writer Brian Ashcraft.
Shinichiro Watanabe will be the director for the short.
Watanabe’s background involves directing the award winning and popular anime mini-series Cowboy Bebop. Cowboy Bebop’s story involves four vastly different people who travel together as bounty hunters through space while simultaneously dealing with their own pasts.
Another acclaimed work of Watanabe’s is Samurai Champloo, which is about a girl named Fuu and her two companions, Mugen and Jin. The three journey to find an old samurai who Fuu remembers smelling like sunflowers.
According to Kotaku’s interpretation of the foreign teaser clip, Watanabe’s main influence for his critically acclaimed anime has always been Blade Runner.
If Watanabe can create something as successful as both of the anime’s mentioned from Blade Runner’s influence, it’s going to be exciting to see what Watanabe has in store for Blade Runner Black Out 2022.