2048: Nowhere To Run (known in China and Taiwan as 2048: No Escape or 2048: Nowhere To Escape; alteratively known as Blade Runner 2048) is a 2017 American neo-noir science fiction short film acting as a prequel to the feature film Blade Runner 2049 and the sequel to short film 2036: Nexus Dawn; it was released on August 30, 2017, approximately five weeks before the release of the feature film and features Dave Bautista as Blade Runner 2049 character Sapper Morton, alongside Orion Ben. The film was written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, who also wrote the feature film and directed by Luke Scott, whose father Ridley Scott directed the original Blade Runner and is executive producer on the sequel Blade Runner 2049.
The film takes place in Los Angeles in 2048, one year before the events of Blade Runner 2049 and tells the story of Morton's protecting of a mother and daughter from thugs, ultimately leading to his status as a Replicant being reported.
In Los Angeles, in 2048, Nexus-8 replicant Sapper Morton is shown weeping hysterically into a mirror. He washes his face in a sink and puts on his glasses. Walking through a crowded street, he is briefly accosted by a group of thugs who he ignores.
Leaving, Sapper goes to a market to sell Nematodes he has collected, being paid $3,000, which is $1,000 less than Sapper needs. After leaving the market, Sapper sees Ella and her mother being sexually assaulted by the group of thugs he had earlier ignored.
Angered, Sapper proceeds to savagely beat the group, inadvertently killing all of them. Sapper leaves the scene, having dropped his identification papers. A spectator, having watched Sapper earlier, calls the LAPD to inform them that he thinks he's found a rogue skin-job.
The Chinese version of the film features a prologue consisting of a wall of text before the film begins. The text explains that replicant production was banned after "the Blackout" in 2022, leading to the bankruptcy of the Tyrell Corporation; additionally, the text explains that the Earth's ecosystem has been on the brink of collapse since the mid-2020s. Niander Wallace, the blind CEO of the Wallace Corporation, is explained to have acquired the Tyrell Corporation and have begun to develop a new generation of replicants to serve as a slave force to help rebuild the Earth's environment. This prologue previously appeared before Blade Runner short film 2036: Nexus Dawn.
- Dave Bautista as Sapper Morton
- Gerard Miller as Salt
- Gaia Ottman as Ella
- Bijan Daneshmand as Sultan
- Björn Freiberg as Spectator
- Orion Ben as Mother
- Adam Savage as shop patron (cameo)
On August 29, 2017, it was announced that Denis Villeneuve had selected various filmmakers to direct three short films exploring incidents that occurred between the events of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. The second film, 2048: Nowhere To Run is directed by Luke Scott and follows replicant Sapper Morton as he protects a mother and daughter from thugs. Scott previously directed 2036: Nexus Dawn.