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Cowboy Bebop director to helm Blade Runner anime short

By Cal Jeffrey ยท 9 replies
Sep 15, 2017
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  1. Shinichiro Watanabe, director of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, is directing a short animated Blade Runner project. The film, titled "Blade Runner Black Out 2022," is being produced by Sony Pictures Japan. A behind-the-scenes sneak peek is embedded above.

    According to Yahoo! Japan, the anime takes place during a "large-scale blackout" in 2022 that shuts down industry, causes a food shortage and creates an overall environment of lawlessness. It's up to a scientist named "Wallace" to save the world.

    One can't help but wonder if the Wallace in Black Out 2022 is referring to Jared Leto's character, Neander Wallace, in the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.

    Watanabe is a reverent fan of Ridley Scott's masterpiece. He says in the sneak peek video that the film had a lasting effect on him and has greatly influenced his work over the years. Watanabe's goal in making the short movie is to pay a respectful homage to Blade Runner, while not creating an "imitation."

    The film will be released on Sony Pictures Japan's YouTube channel on September 26 and is apparently one of several projects slated as preludes to Blade Runner 2049. No word yet on whether or not they'll make it out before Blade Runner 2049's October 6 premiere.

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  2. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 357   +119

    Looking forward to this. I'm a big fan of Cowboy Beebop, Samurai Champloo and Blade Runner. I recommend all three, if you haven't had the opportunity to watch them. As well as the original ghost in the shell (1995)
  3. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,765   +373


    (sorry for not being original!)
    Cal Jeffrey likes this.
  5. ditto!
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,267   +1,719

    Cowboy Bebop was one of those shows that influenced me a lot when I was a kid. I hope he gets to create something awesome.
    Jamlad and Cal Jeffrey like this.
  7. ditto
  8. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,757   +1,980

  9. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 181   +72

  10. I never could manage to get into SC. It just wasn't CB. :(

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