If you ask Hampton Fancher, Blade Runner 2049 had a much darker ending than what ended up in the film.
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, the veteran Blade Runner scribe sat down with co-screenwriter Michael Green to discuss his vision for the critically acclaimed sequel, which original Blade Runner helmer Ridley Scott opted to produce while handing the directing reins to Arrival's Denis Villeneuve.
For those who haven't seen the android saga yet, fair warning: major spoilers ahead. Stop reading now if you'd like to avoid key plot points.
Blade Runner 2049 follows Ryan Gosling's K, a newer-model replicant who works as a blade runner for the LAPD. He's tasked with hunting down former blade runner Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, who went missing all those years ago, believing he's the key to the mystery at the heart of the movie: the first-ever birth of a baby by his own kind.
Eventually K, who by the end of the film goes by "Joe," finds Deckard hiding out in the radioactive ruins of Las Vegas and happily reunites him with the child he's never met. But after doing so, the film concludes with K lying in the snow dying from his wounds. No doubt, it's a relatively bittersweet finale.
But in talking to Green, Fancher shared a much grimmer fate for Ford's character, who, by the way, is still up for interpretation as to whether he's a replicant.
"In my script, Deckard died at the end, but you have him live," said the screenwriter.
He then revealed what a potential Blade Runner trilogy might look like — in his mind at least.
"The first time Ridley and I ever considered doing a second Blade Runner, in 1986 or whatever it was, I came up with an idea about Deckard and his next job — and it's kind of horrifying what happens in my little fantasy," Fancher added. "Now that Deckard lives, that idea is back in my head. But I'm not going to tell you what it is."
Unfortunately, with Blade Runner 2049 underperforming at the box office, here's hoping there's still a chance we'll see that vision come to fruition on the big screen.