Blade Runner is being rebooted for a new generation with the arrival of a new animated series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, presented by Crunchy Roll and Adult Swim.
A trailer for the new series from Alcon Entertainment premiered today, featuring the haunting new single “Feel You Now” from Grammy-Award-winning singer-songwriter Alessia Cara.
The series, premiering later this year, follows a young woman as she seeks to exact revenge on those who have wronged her, to understand her own identity, and to uncover the mysteries of her past.
“Feel You Now” – co-written by Alessia and Grammy-nominated producer Michael Hodges – soundtracks the series’ opening title sequence, where we are introduced to lead character Elle, a young woman searching for answers. “Feel You Now” will be released officially this fall via ASG/10:22 PM/Def Jam Recordings.
“I am so thrilled to be part of this show in any way, but I’m especially thrilled to have been able to write this song for it,” said Cara.
“To think that I made something that will be consistently attached to a show as legendary and innovative as this one feels super fulfilling. I wrote it with Michael Hodges remotely over the course of the pandemic, which is why the lyrics to “feel you now” feel so striking to us. It’s not only about Elle searching for an existential understanding of what it means to be human, but also the trials we’ve all been put through in the last year and how much we relied on human connection and feeling to get us through. Michael and I both felt like it struck the right nerve in us and we’re so glad the Blade Runner team was on the same wavelength.”
“The song felt like a breath of fresh air mixed with a little hope of feeling connected again to people”, Hodges added.
“Although we understand Blade Runner at its deepest levels and the nostalgia it encompasses, Alessia and my collaborators on this (co-writers Kayla Morrison, Gerald Trottman & Ghian Wright) all felt like the message of this song really connected to our current state of mind and Elle’s as well. We all need connection.”
Blade Runner: Black Lotus will premiere later this year on Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. The series is produced by Alcon Entertainment and animation studio Sola Digital Arts, with Shinichiro Watanabe serving as a creative producer.
Crunchyroll will stream the series in Japanese with subtitles to its global audience while Adult Swim will air the English language version on Toonami, the network’s popular anime programming block.