Blade Runner 2049 — Prequel Short: 'Black Out 2022'


added: Thu, Sep 28th '17

As a way to promote "Blade Runner 2049," the makers of the film have been releasing these prequel shorts on the internet, which tries to fill in the 30-year timeline gap between the original "Blade Runner" movie and the new sequel.

"Black Out 2022" is the final entry in a three-part series, and it's probably the best of the bunch. Watch it and see for yourself, above.

Directed by renowned Japanese animator Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo), the 13-minute animated short takes place only three years after the events of the original film (though 27 years before the upcoming sequel) and offers some insight into a global blackout disaster caused by a catastrophic EMP attack.

The blackout event, which has now become a significant part of the "Blade Runner" lore, resulted in the prohibition of Replicant production. As a result, the Tyrell Corporation went belly up. But it also prompted the rise of manufacturer Niander Wallace (Jared Leto's character in the sequel), who is the mastermind behind a new and improved breed of Replicants.

"Blade Runner 2049" stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and will open nationwide October 6th.

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.


directed by   Denis Villeneuve

starring   Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Dave Bautista, Carla Juri, Lennie James, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass, Barkhad Abdi

release date   October 6, 2017

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