Crunchyroll Debuts 'Blade Runner 2049' Anime Prequel Short Film

Posted Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 08:10 AM PDT by
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The final prequel short has been released.

Crunchyroll has debuted a new anime prequel short film for Blade Runner 2049. The piece, titled Blade Runner: Blackout 2022, is the last of three prequel clips produced to help fill in the gaps between the original Blade Runner set in 2019 and the upcoming sequel set in 2049. The short follows the previously released 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2048: Nowhere to Run.

Unlike the previous live action videos directed by Luke Scott, this new short is a 15-minute anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo). The film takes place in 2022 and focuses on an EMP detonation that has caused a global blackout with dangerous consequences. Check out a behind-the-scenes preview for the short below, and click here to watch the entire video on Crunchyroll!

Blade Runner 2049 will hit theaters on October 6. Set thirty years after the events of the first film, the movie focuses on a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), as he unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

The film comes from executive producer Ridley Scott (Blade RunnerAlienAlien Covenant) and director Denis Villeneuve (ArrivalPrisonersSicario). Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. 

In addition, the Final Cut Edition of the original Blade Runner is now available on Ultra HD Blu-ray. Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, the first film follows a 21st-century detective, Rick Deckard, (Harrison Ford). In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants - and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul. The movie also stars Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy, William Sanderson, M. Emmet Walsh, Joe Turkel, and James Hong.


Source: Crunchyroll

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