A Blade Runner TV series is heading to Adult Swim, as the network has announced that they will be airing Blade Runner – Black Lotus, an anime-style series of 13 half-hour episodes produced by Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman).
Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) will direct episodes of the premiere season with Cowboy Bebop’s Shinichiro Watanabe as creative producer.
At the moment, the storyline is being kept under-wraps, but it will take place in 2032 and include some familiar faces from the parts of the universe we have already seen, a dystopian world where “replicants” fulfil many roles. While the original film will obviously factor into this series, it will take most inspiration from the second film in the franchise, Blade Runner 2049.
Jason DeMarco, SVP and creative director of Adult Swim said of the project, “I first saw Blade Runnerin 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life. To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”
Executive producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson added, “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. We are excited to continue exploring that world via this anime series.”
More on Blade Runner – Black Lotus when we have it.