The 2nd in-world Blade Runner 2049 short directed by Luke Scott focuses on a Replicant on the run, Sapper Morton.
In the first of the Blade Runner short films, “2036: Nexus Dawn” fans met the reclusive replicant producer, Niander Wallace. Set 12 years later, “2048: Nowhere to Run” continues to connect the dots between what happened between 2019 and 2049 by introducing us to Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), an outlaw Replicant in hiding who has to risk everything to save an innocent life in a crime-infested Los Angeles market.
“…Bautista is just great in this. So timid and kind, but with that brutal core just waiting to burst open.” Said Gizmodo. “You can also see that this 2049 version of Los Angeles is going to fit right in with 2019, as seen in Ridley Scott’s original.”
Concepted by Ridley Scott, created by award-winning marketing agency 3AM, and produced by RSA Films, 2048: Nowhere to Run this is one of many shorts Luke Scott (Morgan, “Meet Walter”) directed on set during principal photography, to supplement the story of a feature film.
When asked about directing these prologues-of-sorts leading up to Blade Runner 2049, Luke Scott told Polygon:
“It helps evolve original scripts of movies…It fills in the gaps where the narrator doesn’t have to worry about the genesis of the narrative. You could rely possibly on these short films and other assets that roll a few weeks before the main event to do that part of the storytelling for the director.”
“I much prefer this sort of original and progressive storytelling as movie marketing, as opposed to the tired trend of spoiling much of a movie in endless clips and trailers released ahead of time,” says Dave Trumbore of Collider Magazine. “More of this, please!”
If you haven’t yet, watch the first of the in-world short films: “2036: Nexus Dawn”.
Blade Runner 2049 will premiere on October 6th in theaters.