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

17 September, 2017, 00:15 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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After his most recent foray into directing with the surrealist feature, KUSO this will be Flying Lotus' fifth time scoring a film. Leto also stars in one of the short companion films, 2036: Nexus Dawn, while Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista appears in the third, 2048: Nowhere to Run.

It seems Replicants are at the center of controversy again in a new animated short called "Blade Runner Black Out 2022".

The IMAX release of Blade Runner 2049 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

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Sony Pictures Japan released a video with some designs for the film, which you can see below. Watanabe's goal in making the short movie is to pay a respectful homage to Blade Runner, while not creating an "imitation". That puts the action of the film between the original Blade Runner, which takes place in 2019, and the upcoming sequel, which of course takes place in 2049.

The teaser video shows behind-the-scenes footage of artists and animators working on the film.

Over 35 years since Blade Runner came out, its sequel is nearly upon us. No word yet on whether or not they'll make it out before Blade Runner 2049's October 6 premiere. "One is to treat the original Blade Runner with the utmost respect". The animation is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and is the third companion piece to be released ahead of Ridley Scott's follow-up to his 1982 science-fiction classic. The production of Blade Runner is believed to have cost at least $100 million.

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