Ethan Hawke Confirms 'Before Sunset' Sequel Development in Greece
Before Sunrise and Before Sunset films are some of the most well-loved romantic films of the past twenty years, and the creative team of director Richard Linklater and writer/stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have been pestered with rumors of a third movie to round out a potential trilogy ever since Sunset's gloriously ambiguous ending played out on screen. With nine years between the first two films, the nine year mark since Sunset came out is coming up next summer, and now MTV confirms the rumors that development is taking place between the three masterminds of this series right now in Greece. More below!
"We're here writing a third installment to 'Before Sunrise,' " Hawke told MTV. "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 seems pretty laid back about the whole thing, probably in an effort not to get movie sites to freak out about what this means, but I think we can all see the writing on the wall. It's clear that these three love these characters they've created, and the fact that they're writing a script means that they're passionate enough to explore it past just talking about doing it. Hawke seems pleased with their progress so far, saying, "It's super good. We're just here workshopping it and developing it, trying to create a great script." There's been rumors that the film might be called Before Midnight, but Hawke doesn't mention that at all.
Last we heard, Hawke mentioned that filming for this sequel was going to happen this summer, but Julie Delpy told The Playlist earlier this month that may have been a generous estimation, and the plan is to get underway "sometime in the next year, year and a half." Hopefully they can put a great script together and get in front of cameras soon though, so they can continue that nine year trend between films. I'd love to see a sequel since this is my favorite romance-related series of movies, but I've heard a lot of people say they should just leave it alone because the ending of Sunset was so perfect. What do you think?