A new ‘Blade Runner’ anime TV series is in the works

Adult Swim are behind the upcoming 13-episode adaptation

A new Blade Runner anime TV series has been officially announced.

This latest adaptation of the sci-fi franchise – which most recently enjoyed critical acclaim through the 2017 film Blade Runner 2049 – is now in the works, with Adult Swim teaming up with anime streaming service Crunchyroll and Alcon Television Group to produce the forthcoming show.

A 13-episode (each lasting 30 minutes) debut season of the show – which will be called Blade Runner – Black Lotus – is now in production, with directors Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama on board. Acclaimed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as a creative producer on Black Lotus – you can see Watanabe’s Blade Runner short Black Out 2022 (which was scored by Flying Lotus) below.


Black Lotus will be set in 2032, while a press release confirmed that the new series will reunite us with “some familiar characters from the Blade Runner universe”. It’ll be a prequel series to Blade Runner 2049.

Speaking about the new show, Adult Swim’s SVP/Creative Director Jason DeMarco said: “I first saw Blade Runner in 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life.

“To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”

Earlier this month, the respective trailers for Blade Runner 2049 and Detective Pikachu were mashed up to create a spoof movie trailer.