Before Sunrise and its 9-years-later sequel, Before Sunset, were possibly two of the most simplistic and yet intellectual films ever made. The direction by Richard Linklater is so free-form and casual, as if you’re witnessing less of a plot-driven movie and more of a real connection held by two characters on-screen. It’s something we’ve all experienced in our lives, so it’s very compelling. A lot of chatter had been going on since then on whether another sequel would come about (Before Midnight? idk), but nothing ever came of it. That is until recently when Ethan Hawke revealed in an interview with French Outlet Allocine that a sequel will most likely be made as early as next summer.
Revealed Hawke, “Well, I don’t know what we’re going to do but I know the three of us have been talking a lot in the last six months,” Hawke continued, “All three of us have been having similar feelings that we’re ready to revisit those characters. There’s nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again so we’re really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We’re going to try write it this year.”
I’ve been a fan of Richard Linklater’s films since the mindf*ck that was Waking Life. He seems to imbue his films with philosophical, existential, social, political and religious themes that make the films very rich in depth. They seem to have less “focus” and more “wonder,” just to get you thinking. More recently, I’ve come across the stellar Me and Orson Welles, which is just pure artistic delight from beginning to end. I find it comforting to know that he’s capable of directing a plot-driven story as well as a loose, thought-provoking flight of fancy. It makes me wish more directors had such versatility.[Via French Outlet Allocine, indieWire]