“Blade Runner” by veteran director Ridley Scott is a modern science fiction classic. Now there are two spin-offs in series form – a real film and an anime production. One has already started.
The British Ridley Scott made himself immortal among fans of futuristic film food with his dark sci-fi horror “Alien” (1979) and the film adaptation of the novel “Blade Runner” (1982). The nightmarish scenarios of dystopian future worlds burned themselves into the collective cultural memory. For example, the final monologue of the replicant Roy Batty embodied by Rutger Hauer in the rain is a memorable moment in film history.
The success story of “Blade Runner”
The pessimistic perspective of author Philip K. Dick (“Minority Report”) was formative for the future fiction of the Cold War and Ridley Scott created an atmospheric cinema masterpiece based on the novel “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” Olmos (“Miami Vice”, “Battlestar Galactica”) and the young world star Harrison Ford (“Star Wars”, “Indiana Jones”).
In 2017, “Blade Runner 2049” was the sequel with Ryan Gosling in the lead role. The director was no longer Ridley Scott, but shooting star Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”, “Arrival”).
Two new series continue the SciFi cult
Now, according to the US industry magazine “Variety”, Ridley Scott has confirmed that in addition to the anime series “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” started by Crunchyroll, there will also be a live action series: The pilot has already been designed for a ten-part series and written. In addition, there is script material for around 8-10 hours of series hours that will run at the US cable provider FX.
At this early stage, however, it is not yet known where the real film series spin-off for “Blade Runner” will be shown in Germany.
„Blade Runner: Black Lotus“
The anime series “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” comprises a total of 13 episodes, which are always streamed on Sundays at 6:30 am. Crunchyroll is streaming the series in Japanese with German subtitles, while Adult Swim (available via Sky on WarnerTV Comedy in the night program) will broadcast an English version.
In terms of content, it is about the following: Los Angeles, 2032. A young woman wakes up without memories and has deadly abilities. The only clues to their identity are an encrypted data device and a tattoo of a black lotus. To find out the truth about her lost memory, she must hunt down the people responsible for her brutal and bloody past.
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