“BLADE RUNNER BLACK OUT 2022,” AN ANIME SHORT DIRECTED BY SHINICHIRÔ WATANABE, FOR “BLADE RUNNER 2049” TO BE RELEASED GLOBALLY ON SEPTEMBER 26 WITH MUSIC BY FLYING LOTUS, FEATURING AN ORIGINAL SONG FROM LAUREN DAIGLE
LOS ANGELES, CA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 – GRAMMY® nominee Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) has scored the soundtrack and GRAMMY® nominee Lauren Daigle has composed an original song for Alcon Entertainment’s upcoming BLADE RUNNER BLACK OUT 2022, an anime short from acclaimed director Shinichirô Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop). It was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
The anime short is one of three in-world content pieces to debut before the upcoming October 6 release of Blade Runner 2049, joining the prequels 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2049: Nowhere to Run from director Luke Scott (Morgan).
Watanabe specifically requested Flying Lotus to compose the score for BLACK OUT 2022, which is heavily influenced by jazz and hip-hop. The music team at Alcon Sleeping Giant (ASG), the music partnership of Alcon Entertainment and Sleeping Giant Media, worked closely with Flying Lotus to create an original score that blends his unique style with the iconic sound of the Blade Runner franchise.
Additionally, ASG brought in popular singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle to compose the end title song “Almost Human”, which she co-wrote with Kayla Morrison, Gerald Trottman, Ghian Wright and Michael Hodges, who also produced the song.
ASG’s Michael Hodges, Ashley Culp and Kayla Morrison served as Executive Music Producers on BLACK OUT 2022. In addition to Flying Lotus, the BLACK OUT 2022 score also features additional music by Gerald Trottman, Kuedo and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
The Blade Runner 2049 original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Alcon Sleeping Giant (ASG) Records exclusively distributed by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. 2049 gold foil, numbered, special edition copies of the soundtrack are available for pre-sale on September 26. D2C PRE-SALE LINK: http://smarturl.it/BladeRunner2049/officialstore
The global release of the soundtrack will be available on October 6.
Steven Ellison, also known by his stage name Flying Lotus, is a two-time GRAMMY® nominated multi-genre music producer, electronic musician, DJ, filmmaker, and rapper from Los Angeles, California. Flying Lotus has released five studio albums—1983 (2006), Los Angeles (2008), Cosmogramma (2010), Until the Quiet Comes (2012) and You’re Dead! (2014)—to critical acclaim. He has produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. In 2016 he released his debut feature film, Kuso, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and has since gained a reputation as one of the most daring films ever made.
Lauren Daigle has been recognized as one of the fastest selling artists of this decade, with the release of her debut album, How Can It Be. Daigle is a two-time GRAMMY® nominated writer and artist. Her debut album premiered in the Top 30 on the Billboard 200 and reached #1 status on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart achieving RIAA Certified Gold Status in the U.S. Additionally, How Can It Be reached #1 on the iTunes Top Albums Chart with more than 900,000 album sales, one million track sales, plus more than 183 million streams. Daigle has also won two 2017 Billboard Music Awards. In 2016, How Can It Be took home a 2016 Billboard Music Award. She was also nominated for a 2016 American Music Award and won six Dove Awards, including “Artist of the Year.” Daigle received three K-LOVE Fan Awards, including “Artist of the Year.”
Flying Lotus is signed to Brainfeeder and Lauren Daigle appears courtesy of Centricity Music.
ABOUT ALCON ENTERTAINMENT
Co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded Alcon Entertainment in 1997 with partner Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Warner Bros. distributes Alcon’s motion pictures via the companies’ long-term output distribution agreement.
Alcon has financed and produced, and/or co-financed/produced 32 films to date, including the Academy Award-nominated Best Picture The Blind Side, which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; Insomnia, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Christopher Nolan; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; P.S. I Love You. starring Hilary Swank; the critically acclaimed dramatic thriller Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard and Paul Dano; and the family hits Dolphin Tale and its sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson.
In addition to Blade Runner 2049, Alcon’s upcoming projects the comedy Bastards, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, which will be in theaters December 22, 2017. Alcon is co-financing and executive producing the contemporary war drama Horse Soldiers along with producers Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) and Black Label Media, currently in production for release on January 19, 2018.
Alcon Television Group’s hit series The Expanse, a critically acclaimed space thriller for Syfy Network, returned for a second season in early 2017 and was recently picked up for a 3rd season by SyFy Network. Alcon Television Group’s recent projects include the highly anticipated HBO four-part documentary The Defiant Ones, chronicling the divergent roots and unlikely partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and will feature in-depth interviews with Bono, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg and Trent Reznor. Additionaly, Alcon Television Group’s animated children’s series Pete the Cat, based on the best-selling books, is a co-production currently in development with Amazon Studios to be streamed on Amazon. Alcon Television Group partnered with HBO and Alex Gibney in 2015 to produce Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All, an intimate documentary portrait of the singer, actor, father, husband, and philanthropist that attracted more viewers for HBO from the 50+ age bracket than ever before.
ABOUT ALCON SLEEPING GIANT
The Alcon Sleeping Giant (ASG) joint venture is designed to revolutionize the integrations within music, film, television and commercial media companies. “In an industry filled with creative pressures to cut costs, we have formed an entertainment model to increase revenues and values for all our artists and partners while focusing on the directors, producers and production companies’ creative visions”, said Michael Hodges, Co-Founder and Co-Ceo of ASG Music Group.
In addition to financing, licensing and producing original music and third party content for Alcon films and television properties, ASG continues to partner with other film, television and commercial media companies to provide value added music, music publishing and label services.
ABOUT EPIC RECORDS
A Sony Music Entertainment Company, Epic Records has launched the careers of GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum artists and influential icons since its foundation back in 1953, building a storied history as home to game-changing superstars, including Michael Jackson, George Michael Céline Dion, Boston, Pearl Jam, Gloria Estefan, Shakira and Sly & the Family Stone, to name a few. The 2017 roster encompasses various trend-setting legends like Mariah Carey, OutKast, Jennifer Lopez, Ozzy Osbourne, Sade, Fiona Apple, Rick Ross, Judas Priest, and more as well some of the 21st century’s biggest and most incomparable acts, namely DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Future, Travi$ Scott, Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello, French Montana, 21 Savage, Sara Bareilles, Jennifer Hudson, A Great Big World, Jidenna, Zara Larsson, KONGOS, and many others.