weaver of the unseen
- Aug 21, 2007
Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve has become science-fiction's new hopemeet Denis Villeneuve in Barcelona, on the balcony of a hotel, on the kind of sweltering day where even a breeze is just tossing around the heat. He is semi-scruffy and almost permanently excited.The ruins of Mosul have exposed the future of high-tech warfare
That Villeneuve would go on to be the director who's almost single-handedly reviving that all-too-rare and seemingly extinct sub-genre - sci-fi for smart people - is perhaps, given his background, apt. But to follow 2016's Arrival - which featured Amy Adams as a linguistics professor attempting to communicate with aliens, was nominated for eight Oscars and managed to be equal parts Steven Spielberg and Charlie Kaufman - with the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, 35 years after the original he saw at 14, borders on deus ex machina. Or, put another way, it's almost bad scriptwriting. What were the odds?
Blade Runner is Getting a Short Anime From Cowboy Bebop's DirectorShinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame is directing a short Blade Runner anime. Sony Pictures Japan has uploaded a sneak peek of the short.
The short anime is called Blade Runner Black Out 2022. It takes place a few years after the first movie and, according to NetLab, is set during a power outage.
“The work that has influenced me the most in my anime profession would be, of course, Blade Runner,” Watanabe says in the teaser clip, which shows test animation, concept art, and a few seconds of animation. He adds that in making this short, he’s keeping two things in mind: paying maximum respect to the original Blade Runner and trying not to create an imitation.
The anime will be shown on the Sony Pictures Japan YouTube channel on 26 September.
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