In a new interview with IGN, Sir Ridley Scott says that Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 will make clear, once and for all, whether or not Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard is a Replicant.
Asked if Villeneuve's sequel will put that long-running debate to rest, Scott says:
“Oh, it was always my thesis theory. It was one or two people who were relevant were… I can’t remember if (screenwriter) Hampton (Fancher) agreed with me or not. But I remember someone had said, ‘Well, isn’t it corny?’ I said, ‘Listen, I’ll be the best fucking judge of that. I’m the director, okay?’ So, and that, you learn — you know, by then I’m 44, so I’m no fucking chicken. I’m a very experienced director from commercials and The Duellists 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 (Ford), 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 fucking 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.”
That's...hoo, boy, that's a whole lotta pull-quote. If I'm parsing the above properly, Scott's saying that - during filming - he wanted Deckard to be a Replicant. He gives a shout-out to Beavis And Butthead, and then he says that, yes, Blade Runner 2049 will settle the matter once and for all.
If you're thinking, "Well, wait a minute - didn't Denis Villeneuve say that Blade Runner 2049 wouldn't answer that question?": eh, close, but not quite. Back in December, Villeneuve was quoted as saying his sequel would "not necessarily" answer that question. Technically-speaking, that's not a denial.
What do you folks make of all this? Do you really want this question answered definitively? Do you think Ridley Scott's, y'know, doing okay? Sound off in the comments below, and remember that Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 5th.