After a long 35-year wait, the sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner finally arrived in theaters earlier this month. Now the screenwriters behind Blade Runner 2049 are revealing secrets about the film’s darker original ending and dishing on potential sequel ideas.
Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote both the original film and its sequel, sat down for an interview with 2049 co-writer Michael Green this week.
(Warning: if you haven’t yet seen Blade Runner 2049, be aware there are major spoilers for the film in the following discussion.)
In the film’s conclusion, K (the replicant Blade Runner played by Ryan Gosling) manages to track down Deckard (Harrison Ford) in his Las Vegas hideout.
After a harrowing escape, K brings Deckard to meet his long-lost daughter before collapsing on the steps outside and dying.
According to Fancher, though, it was originally Deckard who was meant to die in the film’s final chapter, though the circumstances are unclear.
“In my script, Deckard died at the end, but you have him live,” Fancher laments to Green as part of their wider discussion.
Now that the film is out there and Deckard is still alive, Fancher reveals he may know where a potential third film in the franchise might go.
Fancher says that when he and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott first discussed a sequel in the late 80s, he had an idea about Deckard’s “horrifying” new job.
“Now that Deckard lives, that idea is back in my head. But I’m not going to tell you what it is,” teases Fancher in the interview.
Unfortunately, the disappointing box office results for Blade Runner 2049 might put a damper on any sequel plans. It’s worth remembering, though, that the original film was a box office failure upon its release as well. It was only later that the film became a cult favorite on video.