A new generation of replicants are born in the BLADE RUNNER: 2049 prequel short: '2036: Nexus Dawn'
Warner Bros. and Denis Villeneuve present three 'in-world' prequel shorts as a lead-in to Blade Runner: 2049
Back in July, Warner Bros. dropped some knowledge by way of an exposition-rich timeline depicting what all went down after the year 2019 and leading up to the year of Villeneuve's anticipated sequel 2049. This week, 2049 Director, Denis Villeneuve added a new dimension to the timeline unveiling the first of three new prequel shorts.
Check out "2036 Nexus Dawn" below!
Credit the fine folks at Collider for sharing the first prequel short titled 2036: Nexus Dawn, directed by Luke Scott (son of Ridley Scott). Nexus takes place at a time when the moratorium on replicant production will soon-be-repealed due to the blackout in 2022. Stoical Tyrell Corporation head Niander Wallace, son of the deceased Eldon Wallace (Jared Leto) has been busy perfecting a new of replicants genetically engineered to make them obedient and controllable. In 2036 Nexus Dawn, Wallace introduces a newly "perfected" Nexus 9 replicant to a trio of government officials led by Doctor Strange's Benedict Wong. What ensues is a powerful but startling display of command and obedience.
Check out the short!
"My replicants will live as long or as short as a customer will pay, my replicants will never rebel, they will never run, they will simply obey...This is an angel and I made him." Niander Wallace
Replicant and "Angel" Nexus 9, cuts his face and stabs himself in the neck at Niander Wallace's command
Let's just say not everyone in the room is horrified by the events that unfold....
Blade Runner 2049 is co-written by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Michael Green (Green Lantern), and stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Dave Bautista and Edward James Olmos.
2019 to 2049 Timeline
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 market for use Off-world. Unlike previous Nexus models, built with 4-year lifespans, the Nexus 8s have open-ended lifespans, as well as ocular implants for easy identification.
2022: An EMP of unknown origin detonates somewhere in the West Coast. Cities shut down for weeks. Electronic data is corrupted for 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 Replicants.
2023: 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 Tyrell’s 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 location 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 with Sepulveda Pass to protect the Los Angeles basin. Los Angeles 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.