Original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott says that Blade Runner 2049 will reveal whether Deckard is a replicant. The original movie is one of the most influential and iconic science-fiction movies of all time. The design and aesthetics of it can still be seen decades later in movies like The Matrix and another Philip K. Dick adaptation, Minority Report.
One of the most enduring questions left at the end of the movie was whether Deckard was a replicant or not. Scott has said multiple times in the past that the character is a replicant while actor Harrison Ford has repeatedly claimed he isn't. Meanwhile, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve has said that he won't be answering that question in the upcoming film.
However, in an interview with IGN, producer Ridley Scott reiterates that Deckard is a replicant. He then goes on to say that it will be revealed in the sequel:
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***ing 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***ing chicken. I'm a very experienced director from commercials and The Duelists 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***ing 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.
Scott seems to believe that the answer is a foregone conclusion that was revealed in the original film. It should be noted that the unicorn dream was added in later versions of the film and was not present in the original theatrical release. Villeneuve seemed very certain that the answer to the question would be left vague in Blade Runner 2049 but Scott seems to believe that the film will definitively answer that Deckard is a replicant.
The vagueness of Blade Runner is one of the aspects that fans of the cult classic have loved (and been frustrated by) over the years. According to Scott's own words the original film has already told the audience that he is a replicant and isn't vague at all. When he says that the answer will be revealed "one way or the other" it is possible that clues will be left throughout the movie rather than someone saying it outright.
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) release date: Oct 06, 2017