When most people think of the film ‘Blade Runner,’ they think of Harrison Ford’s infamous Rick Deckard. Since the release of the original movie, Deckard’s character has been the subject of fan debates, trying to solve the biggest mystery of the film: is Rick Deckard a replicant or a human? With the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel featuring an aged Deckard, fans may finally be able to put their debates to rest.
‘Blade Runner 2049’ writer Michael Green gave an interview where he discussed how he approached the mystery surrounding the biology of Deckard.
As a fan of the original film himself, Green found it imperative that care be taken in not only preserving the feeling of the original film, but also maintaining a sense of ambiguity surrounding Deckard. Green explained his approach to the sequel:
“I have to recognize that going into a sequel for this, not only would it be foolish but it would be the midichlorianization of the experience to canonize yes or no and give it an answer. What would be much more meaningful and much more honest to the integrity of the original would be to make that ambiguity part of the story and our experience because ambiguity, if you ask people to talk about the original Blade Runner, ambiguity is one of those words that comes up a bit and proudly so. It’s a film that is not only okay with things not being clear, it’s a film that is entirely about it and the legacy of the film is also about it because you don’t know which version is true because the answer depends on your version.”
For Green, staying true to the original ‘Blade Runner’ was not only essential but needed to be done in order to preserve the sense of fun and mystery for audiences. Some sci-fi movies today choose to tell the audience what is happening, rather than letting them put the pieces together for themselves. So Green wanted to make sure that the audiences could have more fun arriving to answers shown within the movie while solving the mysteries presented to them. He explained:
“So woven into the false DNA of the title is this question, so any attempt to expand on the world needed a keen awareness of that and would do much better to steep in that ambiguity and to revel in how interesting it is to not know and to matter to not know or to know. That would be so much more fun than to be told yes or no.”
Films and television shows that let audiences come to their own conclusions can be hard to come by these days. Knowing that Green has made it a priority to strike a balance between showing versus telling while continuing to focus on maintaining the original ambiguity of Deckard shows his true passion for the project.
Don’t miss ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ in theaters now!