The original Blade Runner (1982) was written based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electrical Sheep and directed by Ridley Scott, which centered around a futuristic 2019 world where Replicants, or clone-like beings, were on the flee from the Blade Runners (Replicant hunters), whom were tasked down to eliminate the supposed Replicant threat of interfering with society. The screenplay writers, and Dick himself, always left it a mystery on just exactly who the Replicants were, and have left us with years to wonder if Harrison Ford’s character was really a human.
For years, fans have fought over if Harrison Ford’s character (Rick Deckard) was a Replicant or not, and as it turns out they weren’t the only ones, as some of the main talent behind the film also disagree.
On the Pro-Replicant side we may have one of the most important voices, Ridley Scott, as the filmmaker is confident that Deckard is indeed a Replicant, and the film was just doing an early HBO Westworld type of smokescreen. Oppositely, co-screenwriter for Blade Runner Hampton Fancher and Ford himself usually give us a “no”. If you don’t know, Westworld is a show where people take vacations into a fantasy world where, well lets just say, things can get confusing about who is a human or a robot. It is also safe to say, that Westword leaves you confused over just who is a real human or not — could Blade Runner 2049 take us in this same direction?
Earlier this year, Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott, and rising director Denis Villeneuve (who may have just landed a reboot of Dune– a project whose cinematography I was reminded of when I watched the Blade 2049 trailer last week) had a few laughs about the subject in a dinner occurring in Budapest and Villeneuve said:
“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 replicant and why he should be human. As a fan, thatâ€™s a dinner I will remember for all my life.â€
I wish I was a fly on the wall there.
Ford also said, in a subtle bit of promotion:
“Iâ€™m happy to censor myself on this one. I can tell you that it was a question that was of interest to me when we made the first film, and Iâ€™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.”
Ryan Gosling is playing the new protagonist, and the trailer leads us to believe he is hunting Ford down. But is it more likely Ford is the Replicant or maybe Gosling is? Or will this get into my Westworld theory that EVERYONE is not exactly who they appear to be. Only time will tell.
I am overwhelmed with excitement to hear what you guys think if Ford or Gosling is a Replicant, or perhaps if the whole world is. Let me know how insane I am below! Are you guys excited for Blade Runner 2049?