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PROJECT
BLADE RUNNER 2049

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CONCEPT/STORY

BLADE RUNNER: LOST MEMORIES - "NOWHERE TO RUN"
Blade Runner: Lost Memories is an anthology of digital shorts that bridge the gap between the original film and Blade Runner 2049. In the second episode, "Nowhere to Run," Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), a fugitive Nexus 8 replicant, makes a routine trip to a Los Angeles market to sell his nematoidal protein. A heroic decision forces him to compromise his anonymity, leaving him exposed to identification and capture.

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner changed my life. To this day, I’m not sure there’s a more important film in my canon of favorites. Naturally, when 3AM was asked to help define a series of pivotal moments between the original film and its sequel, Blade Runner 2049, we completely lost our shit. Then we composed ourselves and got to work.

“Nowhere to Run” is a result of this effort — the second of two short films we created. Sapper Morton is a Nexus 8 model living in exile after going AWOL just before the replicant prohibition. Ever since, he’s been forced to hide his true identity to avoid retirement. In 2048, Sapper makes the long trek to Los Angeles to sell nematodes from his protein farm at the city’s largest underground market — a hub of illicit pleasure and criminal activity. During his visit, Sapper finds himself having to choose between protecting a defenseless family and preserving his true identity. His decision sets into motion the central events of Blade Runner 2049.

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BRANDING
Developed with Ash Thorp and Chris Bjerre.

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BEHIND THE SCENES
Bringing this film to life was a journey. We traveled deep into the heart of rural Hungary and built a living Blade Runner marketplace in an underground limestone quarry. The following snaps were taken by our BTS crew and give a deeper view of the production itself.

CREDITS
Directed by: Luke Scott
Produced by: 3AM & RSA Films
Creative Director: Chris Eyerman
Writer: Chris Eyerman
Writer: Josh Hill
Writer: Cheston Kwan
Producer: Hannah Ireland
Post Producer: Ashley Hsieh
DP: Pierre Gill
Editor, Wild Card: Tim Zimmer
MP, 3AM: Alison Temple
President, RSA Films: Jules Daly
Integrated Strategy, 3AM: Tiffany Duersch

PRESS COVERAGE
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VIEWS TO DATE
4M+

PRAISE
Fast Company: "If Marvel Entertainment has taught what a well-timed teaser and an expertly soundtracked trailer can do for movie marketing, then 3AM and Ridley Scott have done just as much with thoughtful, complementary creative content."

Polygon: "Dave Bautista gives one of his best performances in this new Blade Runner 2049 short film."

io9: "Bautista is just great in this. So timid and kind, but with that brutal core just waiting to burst open."

Express: "Dave Bautista is stunningly powerful in his vulnerability in a phenomenal new short film prequel to Blade Runner 2049."

Collider: "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. More of this, please!"

SYFY: "It's not just Bautista's brawn on display, it's his acting too. I've personally never seen him better, dramatically speaking."