Robert De Niro Hoping To Turn The Good Shepherd Into a Trilogy
by Alex Billington
July 7, 2008
Actor and now filmmaker Robert De Niro told press at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic that he would like to make two more sequels to his 2006 CIA drama The Good Shepherd. This news definitely came out of left field - I thought the film wrapped itself up neatly and we were done with it two years ago. De Niro didn't reveal any details on when these two films might start to come together, but he did reveal what they would both be about. The first would focus on the time from 1961 to 1989 while the other would follow CIA agent Edward Wilson, played by Matt Damon in the original, up to the present day. Both of these films sound like they are only in early development stages and could end up being scrapped before they see the light of day.
Released in December of 2006, The Good Shepherd went on to make only $60 million at the box office despite considerably positive reviews and a lukewarm 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. I personally thought it was a great film, but I didn't really enjoy it enough to want to pop it in my DVD player at a moment's notice. In terms of entertainment, I prefer Matt Damon as ex-CIA agent Jason Bourne in that trilogy over Good Shepherd. Plus I really couldn't ever see myself saying that a Good Shepherd trilogy is fantastic. As great as the first one was, it just doesn't have the makings of a trilogy. I really hate to say it, but De Niro should just stick with acting and leave the directing to better filmmakers. Did you enjoy The Good Shepherd? Would you want to see De Niro make a trilogy?