While the first Blade Runner was set in 2019, the sequel is titled Blade Runner 2049. What happened in that world during the 30-year gap? To fill us in, the producers are releasing three short films to provide some crucial details.
The first, just released yesterday, is below. Before you watch it, here's some context to set up the short:
- Following the events depicted in the original Blade Runner, replicants were outlawed in 2023. This is referred to as "Prohibition"
- In 2025, the Wallace Corporation used an unspecified technology to solve a global food crisis
- In 2030, the Wallace Corporation began lobbying for a repeal of replicant Prohibition
- This short takes place in 2036, where Wallace Corporation CEO Niander Wallace is called before a panel of lawmakers