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Cowboy Bebop's Shinichiro Watanabe to Direct Blade Runner 2049 Anime Prequel Short

Cowboy Bebop's Shinichiro Watanabe to Direct Blade Runner 2049 Anime Prequel Short

How on earth do you follow a film as iconic and generally unbelievable as Ridley Scott's Blade Runner? "One is to treat the original Blade Runner with the utmost respect".

Blade RUnner 2049 is set to release on October 6th, the anime has no release date. It was only over the decades, which saw multiple recuts of the movie being released, that the film began to be appreciated as a pillar of American science fiction in film.

"As an anime professional, the film that's had the greatest influence on me has to be Blade Runner".

Warner Bros. Pictures has released seven new worldwide character posters for Blade Runner 2049, as well as the prequel short 2048: Nowhere to Run.

The clip, released Thursday through iTunes trailers, is the second of three planned shorts that will fill in the gaps between 2019, when the first Blade Runner takes place, and 2049, when the new story takes place.

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Blade Runner 2022 will also feature music from Kuedo and Miguel Atwood Ferguson, who's worked with Flying Lotus in the past.

Ah yes, if this is any indication, Blade Runner 2049 is going to be some high-brow sci-fi, my friends.

Villeneuve said: "Like many fans, I remember the Johnnie Walker bottle from the first film, so it was a unique privilege to collaborate with Johnnie Walker on designing a totally original, custom bottle for the new movie".

"The cast includes Kenichirou Matsuda as Iggy, Ichigo Aoba as Trixie, and Makoto Furukawa as Ren". Now, we'll get to see that moment in the form of a Blade Runner anime short.

Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is set to hit Sony Picture Japan's YouTube channel on September 26.