We Won't Be Seeing a 'Drive' Sequel, But Maybe The Driver Spin-Off

October 9, 2012
Source: The Playlist

The Driver

"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?

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  • That's some good news. Can't wait to see what they come up with.
  • well drive was based on a novel and there is a second book. I wonder if its because he deviated from the source? (disclaimer: i havent read the books)
  • Y
    Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and Drive are all about the same character. I don't think he necessarily means Gosling's exact character in Drive will reappear, I think he means the character's incarnation.
    • Ricardo_PT
      What!? I haven't seen Valhalla Rising but Bronson and Driver don't feel like the same character at all...enlight me please
      • Y
        They're about the progression of one character. Bronson's about a man trying to turn himself into a larger-than-life being, a superman basically, but for all the wrong reasons. At the end of Bronson, he's in a cage. Valhalla Rising opens with a man in a cage, and it's about his progression from slave (where he ended up at the end of Bronson) into a warrior into a god and finally into a man. Drive is about that character's final transformation into that larger-than-life being, a real superhero, but now for all the right reasons. (And a reeeal hero...) Refn talks about it in his interview on the Drive blu-ray.
  • Jim
    Might be good, if Refn stays FAR away from the director's chair.
  • I'm sure Only God Forgives will be great, but I was actually starting to warm up to the idea of a Drive trilogy. Drive works very well on it's own, but it could be exciting to see Refn and Gosling put that character in different contexts..
  • I am Jacks DVD collection
    They should just leave it as one film. A cameo would be nice in another film or maybe just refer to him in conversation like Tarantino likes to do
  • Trev
    I don't know, Driven was actually a better book than Drive, so I wouldn't mind a direct sequel if both Gosling and Refn were involved, and just as motivated as they were the first time around.
  • castingcouch
    I preferred Ryan O'Neal's driving movie, which wasn't that great either. But far more entertaining than the Gosling bore-fest.




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