The cinematic world inspired by Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? continues to expand. Variety reports that Alcon Television Group has partnered with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll to produce a new anime series that ties in with Blade Runner: 2049.
Blade Runner-Black Lotus will be the latest animated addition to the franchise following the three short anime films that preceded 2049’s release. Cowboy Bebop director Shinichirō Watanabe, who wrote and directed one of the three films, Blade Runner: Black Out 2022, will serve as a creative producer as well.
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The thirteen-episode prequel series will take place in the year 2032 of the fictional world’s timeline. While details of the plot are still under wraps, a number of established characters from the Blade Runner universe are supposed to appear.
“The Blade Runner universe is an incredibly deep well for story and character with its world and mythology that audiences have been debating and talking about since inception,” said Alcon executive producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. “We are excited to continue exploring that world via this anime series.”
Blade Runner stories often follow a protagonist who must hunt down rogue androids that pose a threat to society. In the end these androids usually inspire the protagonist become more human than they’ve ever been before.
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