We Won't Be Seeing a 'Drive' Sequel, But Maybe The Driver Spin-Off
"You give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window." I'm not the only one who thought Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive was one of the best films of last year, and thankfully its gone on to earn a strong cult following. While I personally see no need for the story to continue in a sequel, it's a question any filmmaker will get asked when their film is a fan-favorite success. So what about Drive? Well, the good news is director Nicolas Winding Refn has confirmed "that is never going to happen". Phew! But he does hint that the character of The Driver, played with an extreme cool by Ryan Gosling, might be around for more.
"That is never going to happen. But the character of The Driver might return in another film. We're playing with that idea. We'll see what happens."
The quote comes from an interview with Nicolas Winding Refn, currently finishing up Only God Forgives starring Gosling, in The Evening Standard (found via The Playlist). They don't add too much else from Refn to this, so it's only this brief quote that confirms the potential future of The Driver. It's an ambiguous hint, but it sounds like either The Driver will appear as a cameo in one of his future films, or will be a character in another story. Drive was based on James Sallis' novel, and he recently published a sequel called Driven earlier this year. We'll have to keep an eye on Refn and Gosling to find out what happens from here. But at least there won't ever be a direct sequel, which is a good thing for a masterpiece like Drive. Any thoughts?