Blade Runner 2049 Anime Prequel Series Heads to Adult Swim

While last year's Blade Runner 2049 may not have been a runaway hit at the box office, making plans for a sequel unlikely, a new anime series has been officially greenlit by Adult Swim in association with the Alcon Television Group and anime streaming outlet Crunchyroll.

Titled Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the upcoming series will run for thirteen episodes and is set in 2032, firmly in between the events of the 1982 original film and 2049. Details on the series are still under wraps but familiar characters from the cinematic universe are expected to return in some capacity.

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"I first saw Blade Runner in 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life," Adult Swim Senior Vice President and Creative Director Jason DeMarco told The Hollywood Reporter. "To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true."

Black Lotus is the second anime expansion of the Blade Runner franchise with last year's Blade Runner: Black Out 2022, which served as an even earlier prequel. The acclaimed short prequel film was directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, who previously helmed the popular anime series Cowboy Bebop.

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There are currently no details as to when Blade Runner: Black Lotus is expected to be premiere, but it is expected to air as part of Adult Swim's Toonami programming schedule.

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