Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

COWBOY BEBOP Director Creating BLADE RUNNER Anime Short Film

COWBOY BEBOP Director Creating BLADE RUNNER Anime Short Film

The notion should come as no surprise to fans of Cowboy Bebop given its aesthetics and tone; the sci-fi/Western portrays a very down-to-earth and hard-boiled grittiness, very similar to Scott's vision in Blade Runner.

As you can tell by its title, the anime short will serve as a prequel to the upcoming film, with the action taking place during a power outage, according to NetLab. Starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, and Mackenzie Davis, Blade Runner 2049 opens in theaters on October 6th. 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.

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Flying Lotus revealed during July's NY premiere of his film Kuso that he was working on a collaboration with famed animé director Shinichirō Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo).

The original Blade Runner film was set in Los Angeles in the year 2019 and featured lead character Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) drinking Johnnie Walker poured from a futuristic bottle. It has also been revealed that it will have a score by noted electronic musician Flying Lotus (real name Stephen Ellison).

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"The cast includes Kenichirou Matsuda as Iggy, Ichigo Aoba as Trixie, and Makoto Furukawa as Ren".

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

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Watanabe cites Blade Runner as a film that had the greatest influence on him and when he was approached with the request to create an anime to bridge the gap between the two films, he knew is was something he "definitely" wanted to do. In any case, we get Blade Runner 2049 first here in the States, so that's something!

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