New Short Explains A Little Backstory To Blade Runner 2049

New Short Explains A Little Backstory To Blade Runner 2049

Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace introduces the Nexus 9 in this promotional short for Blade Runner 2049

The cult film Blade Runner, set in the then far future of 2019, was released in 1984 and is receiving a sequel in the form of this year’s Blade Runner 2049. But what has been happening between films where there will be a thirty-year story gap?

Blade Runner 2049‘s director, Denis Villeneuve, has asked three respected artists to create three short films that will tell some important story points that will be relevant to the new film.

The first of these shorts is entitled, 2036: Nexus Dawn. Taking place 13 years before Blade Runner 2049, it see’s Niander Wallace, played by Jared Leto, introducing his new Nexus 9 series replicant.

As you can see from the Blade Runner timeline (bottom of page) that was issued by Warner Bros. at this year’s San Diego Comic Convention, all replicants were prohibited in 2023 after it was believed they caused a devastating EMP blast on the west coast of America the previous year. This blast destroyed nearly all of America’s electronic data sending the country into chaos.

Why has Niander been secretly building Nexus replicants and breaking the law? Hopefully, this and more will be answered when we get to see Blade Runner 2049 later this year.

Thanks to Collider for the story.

Blade Runner Timeline

2018 – After a bloody mutiny by a Nexus 6 combat team in an Off-world colony, Replicants are declared illegal on Earth — under penalty of death.

2019 – A prototype Replicant, Rachael, and Officer Rick Deckard, a Blade runner, escape Los Angeles together.

2020 – After the death of founder Eldon Tyrell, the Tyrell Corporation rushes a new line of Nexus 8 Replicants onto the market for use Off-world. Unlike previous Nexus models, built with 4-year lifespans, the Nexus 8s has open-ended lifespans, as well as ocular implants for easy identification

2022  – The Blackout. An EMP of unknown origin detonates somewhere on the West Coast. Cities are 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 blame Replicants.

2023 – Replicant Prohibition. The governing authorities legislate an indefinite “prohibition” on replicant production. Nexus 6 models are now all decommissioned due to their programmed 4-year lifespans. Surviving Nexus 8 models are to be retired. Those that can, go into hiding.

2025 – Idealistic scientist Niander Wallace pioneers advancements in genetically modified food and shares his patents for free, marking an end to a global crisis. His company, Wallace Corporation, E&C, expands across the globe — and into the Off-world colonies.

2028 – Niander Wallace acquires the remains of the bankrupt Tyrell Corporation.

2030s – Niander Wallace improves upon Tyrells’ genetic engineering and memory implantation methods to make replicants obedient and controllable.

2036 – Prohibition is repealed. Wallace reintroduces a new line of “perfected” Replicants — The Nexus 9.

Early 2040s – The LAPD commits additional resources to bolster its existing Blade Runner unit, tasked with locating illegal Replicants and retiring them.

2049 – When we return to Los Angeles, 30 years after the original movie, climate change has caused the sea level to rise dramatically. A massive Sea Wall has been built along the Sepulveda Pass to protect the Los Angeles basin. Los Aneles is even more uninhabitable than before and filled with poverty and sickness. Humans, who were not well enough to leave for the off-world colonies are left behind. There is no fresh food, and inhabitants survive on Wallace’s genetically modified food products sold from vending machines at street markets.

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