Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have announced that they are partnering with Alcon Entertainment to produce an anime series based on Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner film. The series, titled Blade Runner — Black Lotus, will have 13 episodes.
Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama are directing all the episodes at Sola Digital Arts. Shinichiro Watanabe is a creative producer on the series.
Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Al-Francis Cuenca of Alcon Entertainment are executive producers on the project along with Sola Digital Arts’ Joseph Chou. Alcon executive Ben Roberts is serving as co-executive producer, and Production I.G’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is a production adviser.
The series’ story will take place in 2032, between the two films, and will include some familiar characters.
Adult Swim will have worldwide distribution rights to an English-dubbed version outside of Asia, and will air it in the United States on its Toonami block. Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide.