Even though Ridley Scott has definitively stated that Deckard is a replicant in “Blade Runner,” it doesn’t take much searching to find countless fan theories arguing the opposite, and even Harrison Ford himself (decades ago) was on the side that his iconic sci-fi character was human. However, no matter which side of the fence you’re on, don’t look to Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming “Blade Runner 2049” to give you any final answer on the matter.

In an interview with Allocine (in French, and I’m paraphrasing the following), the filmmaker says it was very important to him not to break the tension of the mystery that lingers around Scott’s original movie, or solve all its riddles. You might think that because Nexus 6 replicants only have a four-year lifespan, that the return of Ford in “Blade Runner 2049” as Deckard answers the question regarding his humanity, but Villeneuve says “not necessarily.” So, get ready for those internet debates to start raging once again. Here’s my #hottake: maybe Deckard was actually/secretly the next generation of Nexus replicants, or was damaged goods. Discuss.

Meanwhile, Villeneuve has reiterated his “longstanding dream” to make an adaptation of “Dune,” and tells Premiere he’d gladly meet with Legendary, who recently snapped up the film and TV rights to Frank Herbert‘s classic work. He’s not sure what their approach to the material will be, but he’s very open to hearing what they want to do. And in case you’re wondering, the director is not a fan of David Lynch‘s 1984 film…..