One of the biggest questions that went unanswered from the original ‘Blade Runner‘ was whether Harrison Ford’s Rich Deckard was a replicant or not and sources are giving different answers as to if ‘Blade Runner 2049‘ will clarify that or not. Previously we’ve heard from director Denis Villeneuve that this answer wouldn’t be in the sequel but now things are getting a little hazy. If the director of the movie would say it isn’t in there who could possibly mention that the question gets answered and be a believable source?
How about Executive Producer and director of the original film Ridley Scott? He was recently asked at what point int he original film did he consider the Replicant status of Deckard where he responded with:
“Oh, it was always my thesis theory. It was one or two people who were relevant were… I can’t remember if Hampton agreed with me or not. But I remember someone had said, “Well, isn’t it corny?” I said, “Listen, I’ll be the best f#@king judge of that. I’m the director, okay?” So, and that, you learn — you know, by then I’m 44, so I’m no f#@king chicken. I’m a very experienced director from commercials and The Duellists and Alien. So, I’m able to, you know, answer that with confidence at the time, and say, “You know, back off, it’s what it’s gonna be.” Harrison, he was never — I don’t remember, actually. I think Harrison was going, “Uh, I don’t know about that.” I said, “But you have to be, because Gaff, who leaves a trail of origami everywhere, will leave you a little piece of origami at the end of the movie to say, ‘I’ve been here, I left her alive, and I can’t resist letting you know what’s in your most private thoughts when you get drunk is a f#@king unicorn!’” Right? So, I love Beavis and Butthead, so what should follow that is “Duh.” So now it will be revealed [in the sequel], one way or the other.”
In that little nugget of a rant, he did say that Ford’s character was a replicant. It is hard to say if he let the cat out of the bag for a big surprise in Villeneuve’s film or was just messing around but we’ll be able to find out soon enough.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit more interested if Edward James Olmos is a replicant or not.
Are you looking forward to ‘Blade Runner 2049’? Do you think it will answer the question if Ford’s character is a replicant on screen? Share your thoughts below!
‘Blade Runner 2049’ will be released on October 6th, 2017!