Nicolas Winding Refn says no to Drive sequel
Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn look unlikely to reunite for Drive sequel, Driven...
The reigning Den Of Geek film of the year is Drive. It not only won our annual writers' poll last year, but did so by a huge margin, earning twice as many votes as the second place film. Yet despite the wide critical acclaim and comparable box office success of it, the once-reported plans for a follow-up seem to be petering out. Granted, Drive might not be the most obvious film to receive the sequel treatmen,t but with James Sallis' follow up novel, Driven, hitting shelves earlier this year, there had been speculation about whether director Nicolas Winding Refn would return.
The question was posed to the man himself in a new interview. And he was pretty adamant. "That's 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.”
So, a blunt response then and one that seemingly rules out a straight adaptation of Driven. Yet it does leave him open to exploring the character further at some point.
Winding Refn's focus is currently aimed in the direction of the Ryan Gosling-starring Only God Forgives, and Gosling himself is set to make his directorial debut with How To Catch a Monster. That's a project that will also have a Drive connection, as it will star Christina Hendricks.
So, any advice from Winding Refn to Gosling? Just the following: “We have spoken about it, and of course I will give him advice if he wants me to. I told him if he wakes up in sweats at 5am on the morning of shooting to call me"...
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