UPDATE: Before Sunset sequel in development in Greece

[UPDATE: MTV spoke with Ethan Hawke who’s clarified the rumors about a Before Sunset sequel shooting in Greece at the moment. Hawke told MTV, “[Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and I are] here writing a third installment to Before Sunrise. If it works out, we’ll film it, and if it doesn’t, we won’t. It’s not really worth talking about. I’m just here developing.” He added, “It’s super good. We’re just here workshopping it and developing it, trying to create a great script.” Hawke did not discuss whether or not the title would be Before Midnight.]

Not too long ago while promoting her film 2 Days in New York, Julie Delpy said the Before Sunset sequel wouldn’t be shooting for another year and a half. This was contrary to Ethan Hawke’s assertion that it was 95% likely to happen this summer. Rumors are surfacing that the film has been in production in Greece since August 15th and will be shooting into September. If these rumors are true, the title of the sequel is Before Midnight.

News reports and individuals have seen Hawke, Delpy, and director Richard Linklater around town shooting the film. Delpy was probably just trying to run a little subterfuge to keep everyone’s eyes off the production. There was no pressure or scrutiny on them when shooting Before Sunrise or Before Sunset. But as mentioned in our interview with Ethan Hawke, so many people have been wondering about the characters and their story for years now, and the interest in this film is much, much higher than the previous ones.

Knowing that Before Midnight is getting made is wonderful news since I think both Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are masterpieces of human observation and interaction. I don’t want to know anything else about the film, though. Don’t want to diminish its charm. If this becomes the narrative film/relationship equivalent of the Up documentaries, I can’t wait for Before Noon 9 or 10 years from now.

[Via The Playlist; update MTV via First Showing]

Hubert Vigilla
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