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According to --the director for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, set to release in October 2017--star and Ridley Scott had a vigorous discussion (argument) about whether is a replicant or not at a recent dinner.

Villeneuve's experience of witnessing the most recent Ford/Scott debate firsthand:

“It was very funny, I must say, to find myself in the literal crossfire of Harrison and Ridley, arguing as to why Deckard should be a and why he should be human,” says Villeneuve. “As a fan, that’s a dinner I will remember for all my life.”

This debate has been ongoing between Ford and Scott--not to mention between fans of the original Blade Runner film--for over 35 years. And it may not end anytime soon, as Villeneuve has been ambivalent about whether Blade Runner 2049 will resolve the long-running debate.

Back in 2015, Velleneuve was quoted as saying:

"Now that I am on the other side of the fence I cannot answer [but] the thing I must say is that I love mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it."

Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard in the original 'Bladerunner'
Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard in the original 'Bladerunner'

That sounds like some sort of resolution will be reached in the sequel. However, Villeneuve seemed to walk that back recently in an interview with Allocine:

"....the filmmaker says it was very important to him not to break the tension of the mystery that lingers around Scott’s original movie, or solve all its riddles. You might think that because Nexus 6 replicants only have a four-year lifespan, that the return of Ford in “Blade Runner 2049” as Deckard answers the question regarding his humanity, but Villeneuve says “not necessarily.”

Harrison Ford's take on the ongoing replicant debate:

"I'm happy to censor myself on this one," Ford says. "I can tell you that it was a question that was of interest to me when we made the first film, and I'm not sure I ever got a straight answer from the people I was working with at that point. I think the answer to your question is worth the price of admission."

Denis Villeneuve, Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, and Ryan Gosling on set of 'Bladerunner 2049'
Denis Villeneuve, Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, and Ryan Gosling on set of 'Bladerunner 2049'

directed the original Blade Runner, which today is regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, and the Deckard-replicant debate has become legendary after all this time. Scott has gone on record in the past insisting that Deckard is indeed a replicant:

"Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it."

So don’t Replicants die after four years?

"I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense."

With the long-awaited sequel finally on the horizon, it doesn't sound like there will be a resolution anytime soon.

And maybe that's for the best. After all, everyone knows Roy Batty was the main character of the original Blade Runner, not !


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