COWBOY BEBOP Director Creating BLADE RUNNER Anime Short Film

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Meanwhile, Blade Runner 2049 hits cinemas on 6 October.

Flying Lotus revealed yesterday that he is composing the short film's soundtrack.

Via Kotaku, Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo director Shinichiro Watanabe is helming the Blade Runner anime short, which will be released online by Sony Pictures Japan on September 26.

The short acts as a tie-in with the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, which will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, produced by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. After the first film about the enigmatic antagonist of the film played by Jared Leto, this is the one dedicated to Dave Bautista, whose imposing stature will take on the role of the mysterious Sapper.

Sony Pictures Japan released a video with some designs for the film, which you can see below. However, given that the design brief was presumably to produce a series of posters explaining to audiences who's who in the movie, I guess you can call it a job done (if not a job particularly well done).

Are you excited about the Blade Runner anime short?

How on earth do you follow a film as iconic and generally awesome as Ridley Scott's Blade Runner? Well now, Japanese Blade Runner fans have one more thing to add to the "pro" column for this film.

The footage starts out with Watanabe discussing how pivotal Scott's film was in his development as a writer and director: "The work that has influenced me the most in my anime profession would be, of course, Blade Runner". It will tell a new story taking place between "Blade Runner" and "Blade Runner: 2049".