Johnnie Walker unveils Blade Runner 2049 whisky

The Hollywood Reporter writes that director Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 is tracking for a $40 Million-plus opening weekend in North America. Bottled at 49% abv - a nod to 2049, the year in which the new film is set - it is also stronger than the standard Black Label (40% abv).

How on earth do you follow a film as iconic and generally unbelievable as Ridley Scott's Blade Runner? The first short, Blade Runner 2036, hinted at a major blackout event in the past that changed the course of the world.

The short, titled Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is written and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop).

The preview clip shows test animation, concept art, and a few shots of finished animation from the short film.

Nowhere to Run, Bautista is then seen getting into a deadly fight with a group of guys who begin to harass his friend and her mother. He says in the sneak peek video that the film had a lasting effect on him and has greatly influenced his work over the years.

The cyclical nature of Blade Runner and the cyberpunk genre in anime is fascinating. Starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, and Mackenzie Davis, Blade Runner 2049 opens in theaters on October 6th.

Ridley Scott had the genius to blend science-fiction and film noir to create this unique exploration of human condition. The production of Blade Runner is believed to have cost at least $100 million.

The Blade Runner Black Out 2022 short will premiere on Sony Pictures Japan's YouTube channel on September 26, 2017.

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