Who Wants An Animated ‘Blade Runner’ Film Scored By Flying Lotus?
Watch Shinichirō Watanabe's ‘Bladerunner Black Out 2022’ right now
A lot can happen in three decades. The upcoming Blade Runner sequel Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after its predecessor. To flesh out the world of the film—and get the hype train rolling of course, in a pretty damn cool way—three short films have been commissioned by Warner Bros.
These films take place in 2022, 2036 and 2048, and while the last two can be seen on YouTube, the short Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 is now up on Crunchyroll. Choosing the platform known for anime and East-Asian media to host the short may come as less of a surprise when you consider that this film was directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, who’s also known for the classic anime series Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo.
Like the shorts, it’s preceded with an introduction by Blade Runner 2049‘s director David Villeneuve, who provides some context for what you’re about to see. We’ll refrain from dropping any spoilers, but we can tell you that this particular short features some beautifully animated kick-ass action sequences, and sets up a pretty interesting story detail for the feature film as well.
Oh, and it’s also worth noting that it does all this set to a score made by Flying Lotus.
To watch the animated short, head on over to Crunchyroll. The other two shorts are embedded below.