The Blade Runner franchise is expanding into anime. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a 13-episode anime series called Blade Runner - Black Lotus is coming to Adult Swim via Blade Runner 2049 producer Alcon Entertainment and anime streaming service Crunchyroll, which will handle worldwide distribution.

The anime series is inspired by Blade Runner 2049, the Denis Villenueve-directed sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi noir classic. It will be set between the two movies in the year 2032 and include some familiar characters from the Blade Runner universe.

Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, who are also attached to the upcoming Ghost in the Shell reboot, will direct all episodes. Voice cast and premiere date have not yet been set.

Adapting anime into live-action projects is very popular right now (earlier this week Netflix greenlit a series adaptation of anime classic Cowboy Bebop), but live-action to anime is less common. But Blade Runner, with its brooding Tokyo-inspired atmosphere, seems like a worthy candidate for the experiment.

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