Is he? Isn’t he? This has been the question since the release of Blade Runner back in 1982 – is Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard himself one of the humanoid “replicants” that he is chasing down. In director Ridley Scott’s mind, Deckard was always a replicant — and he’s said so on several occasions — but now he says that in the forthcoming Blade Runner 2, the mystery will be thrown open once and for all. “Of course, he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it. You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense,” he said.
Though Scott has said he believes Deckard is a replicant — along with Darryl Hannah’s Pris, Brion James’s Leon, Joanna Cassidy’s Zhora and Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty from the sci-fi classic — fans have long discussed (and likely argued) whether this is the case or not, the movie itself leaving the answer in more ambiguous territory.
Ryan Gosling will be starring alongside Harrison Ford in the new movie, and Scott says he had to convince the latter to take up the role again. “I got Harrison back. Because Harrison said, ‘Me’, and I said, ‘No, read this.’ And I think he said, ‘This is the best script I’ve ever had.’ We’ve been working on it for a couple of years.”
Following news that he plans to make four “Prometheus” movies in all, and whether he might do the same with Blade Runner, he added, “Listen: Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work. The French say, ‘Work to live’, and I live to work. I’m very lucky to have a job that I adore. All my kids do the same thing. Some of it’s trying, but it’s like being in professional sport. It’s so competitive (that) you better keep bouncing the ball. You can’t rest.”
And when will the new movie be set? “It was 2017, so coming back it’ll be 2047, roughly. As young as you can play Ryan Gosling. He’s 34, but he looks 27 when he’s doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050,” he added. Then asked whether Gosling would then inherit the potential franchise after the first sequel, he answered “Yeah, yeah.”
Blade Runner 2, to be helmed by Prisoners and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve, and produced by Scott, has no release date just yet.