You're familiar with Shinichiro Watanabe, famed director of Cowboy Bebop, correct? I have always wanted to create an anime related to Blade Runner. Black Out 2022 also serves as a part of a series of animated short films that expand upon and bridge the gap between the original classic and the upcoming sequel.
"Blade Runner was definitely the film that influenced me most as an anime director". According to Ridley Scott's lore, in 2022 an "EMP detonation caused a global blackout that [had] massive, destructive implications all over the world".
Beveridge added: "I was truly inspired by Villeneuve's artistic vision for Blade Runner 2049 and how it could come to life in this new blend". While this new short focuses on an event, the previous two were centered around characters from the new film, played by Jared Leto and Dave Bautista respectively. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the short.