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Final ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Short Film Bridges The Gap Between The Movies

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Written by: Taylor Salan
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The last ‘Blade Runner 2049’ prequel short film has arrived, and it’s absolutely beautiful. ‘Blade Runner Black Out 2022‘ is the third and final short to arrive after both the stellar ‘2036: Nexus Dawn‘ and ‘2048: Nowhere to Run’. Although these shorts gave us some insight into Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) and Sapper Morton’s (Dave Bautista) backstories, this third animated short film actually delves into the backstory of the new Nexus 8 Replicants, and the resulting human revolt that happens because of their creation.

The 15-minute film is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (best known for his work on ‘Cowboy Bebop.’) The prequel short takes place in 2022, three years after the events of the original ‘Blade Runner‘, and chronicles “The Great Blackout of 2022”, and event that seemingly set many of the film’s plot points into motion. According to the official Blade Runner website:

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) of unknown origin detonates somewhere in the West Coast. Cities shut down for weeks. Electronic data is corrupted or destroyed over most of the United States. Finance and trade markets crash worldwide. Food supplies become dire. Theories spread as to the cause of the Blackout; none are proven. The most popular ones blame replicants.

Here’s ‘Blade Runner Black Out 2022’ in it’s entirety:

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) and written by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Michael Green (Alien: Covenant), ‘Blade Runner 2049‘ takes place 30 years after the the events of the original ‘Blade Runner‘. The film stars Harrison FordRyan GoslingRobin Wright, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Barkhad AbdiAna de ArmasSylvia HoeksLennie James, and Mackenzie Davis.

‘Blade Runner 2049’ is set to be released in about a week on October 6, 2017, but in the meantime, here’s the synopsis and some sweet images:

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. 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.

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Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. / Alcon Entertainment

blade runner 2049

Image Courtesy Warner Bros. / Alcon Entertainment

blade runner 2049

Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. / Alcon Entertainment



About the Author

Taylor Salan
Taylor Salan
Taylor Salan is a independent filmmaker who currently resides in the San Fernando Valley. Since childhood, Taylor Salan had a fascination with movies. Although he was an avid fan of film as a child, it wasn’t until his years as a young adult that his passion for the art of filmmaking truly came to fruition. A current student of the film production program at California State University Northridge, Taylor studies Cinematography but ultimately has plans to direct full time if afforded the opportunity. In his spare time, Taylor produces audio podcasts and blogs about film for ageofthenerd.com. He is also a longtime musician, playing drums for over 8 years.



 
 

 

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