It may not have much in common with the 1982 Ridley Scott movie, but a new series will bring “Blade Runner” to TV. Adult Swim and Crunchyroll are working with Alcon Television Group on an all-new anime series, “Blade Runner — Black Lotus.”
The series will feature thirteen 30-minute episodes produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts. The announcement notes that the project is inspired by the original movie’s 2017 sequel, “Blade Runner 2049.”
Shinji Aramaki (“Appleseed”) and Kenji Kamiyama (“Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”) will direct all episodes of the premiere season, which will follow their current directorial work on the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell” series reboot. Shinichiro Watanabe (“Cowboy Bebop,” “Samurai Champloo”) is a creative producer.
“While the series plot is being kept under wraps, producers have confirmed the story will take place in 2032 and will include some familiar characters from the ‘Blade Runner’ universe,” the announcement notes.
Adult Swim will have worldwide rights (excluding Asia) to distribute the English-dubbed versions of the series and will air English-dubbed episodes on the network’s popular anime programming block Toonami. Crunchyroll will handle worldwide streaming for its community of more than 45 million registered users and 2 million subscribers.
Adult Swim and Crunchyroll are both divisions of WarnerMedia.
“I first saw ‘Blade Runner’ in 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life,” said Jason DeMarco, svp/creative director of Adult Swim on-air. “To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”
Added Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll: “‘Blade Runner’ is a seminal work, and its influence permeates the genre. Adult Swim shares our excitement to bring this new series to fans, and we’re looking forward to building on this franchise together.”
Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Al-Francis Cuenca, and Sola Digital Art’s Joseph Chou will executive produce the project. Alcon exec Ben Roberts will serve as co-executive producer. Production IG’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is participating as production advisor.