It’s one of the most contentious questions in science fiction: Is Deckard a Replicant? If you’re looking for answers in the upcoming sequel Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve definitely has some thoughts on the topic.
Villeneuve chatted with Cinema Blend about the project, and his interpretation of the age-old question about Deckard. The director noted the question comes down to which version of the original Blade Runner you’re talking about, between the theatrical cut, the director’s cut, and Scott’s “Final Cut” he views as the definitive version. Each one tackles the question a bit differently in the end, and heck, Scott and star Harrison Ford disagree on the answer to this day.
As Villeneuve prepares to pick up the saga a few decades later, with a much older Deckard, he said he wants to tell his story somewhere in the middle of all those versions. Which means Old Man Deckard might not have the answers himself.
Here’s an excerpt from what Villeneuve had to say:
“I was raised with the first [movie], and then, later on, I discovered what was the original dream of Ridley. So I really loved his version, too. The key to making this [new] movie was to be in between. Because the first movie was a story of a human being falling in love with a designed human being — an artificial human being. And the story of the second movie is a replicant that doesn’t know he’s a replicant, who slowly discovers his own identity. So, those are two different stories.
“I felt that the key to [dealing] with that was in the novel of Philip K. Dick. Which was that, in the novel, [those] characters are doubting themselves. They are not sure if they are replicants or not. From time to time, the detectives are having to go and perform [tests] on themselves to make sure they are really humans. I love that. So I decided that the movie… Deckard, in the movie, is unsure, as we are, of what his identity is. Because I love that. I love mystery. That’s an interesting thing to me. I really love that. Again, Harrison and Ridley are still arguing about that. If you put them in the same room, they don’t agree. And they start to talk very loud when they do. It’s very funny.”
Blade Runner 2049 opens October 6.
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(Via Cinema Blend)