Deal For 'Road To Perdition' Sequel Near, Says Writer

Road To PerditionBack in 2008, word broke that Max Allan Collins — the prolific writer behind the "Road To Perdition" series — was set to adapt and direct "Road To Purgatory;" the first sequel to the "Road To Perdition" film which starred Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Daniel Craig and the late Paul Newman. With the imminent release of "Road To Perdition" on Blu-ray, Collins has revealed that the sequel may finally move into active production.

"We've been approached and the offer seems to be very, very serious," Collins told Movieweb. "We have signed a round of paper but it is not nailed down yet and it looks to be pretty interesting. I will tell you that this will happen about 10 years after 'Perdition' ends. Michael is 10 years older in 'Road to Purgatory.'"

"I can only tease, I'm afraid," continued Collins. "We seem to be right on the brink, or maybe it's the precipice, I don't know (Laughs), of a deal being signed. Things have gotten very, very serious and I have, for years, held onto it as a project I would direct, because I have directed five independent films. It does look like, now, that I won't be directing, but it is my script."

"That's the most important thing to me," added Collins. "That the material be faithfully rendered. That isn't to say that you have to do it absolutely faithfully. There certainly are differences between my graphic novel and 'Road to Perdition' but the spirit of the story is there. [Sam] Mendes really got it and understood it and, I think that, in some ways, enhanced it."

While Sam Mendes directed the original "Road To Perdition," Collins indicated that he did not know who would direct the sequel.

"Road To Perdition" followed a mob enforcer named Michael Sullivan (played by Hanks in the film) who goes on the run to protect his son, Michael Jr..

In addition to the original "Road To Perdition" graphic novel with artist Richard Piers Rayner, Collins has written two "Perdition" sequels in prose format: "Road To Purgatory" and "Road To Paradise" which take place a decade later and follow Michael's return from service in World War II as he hunts down the rest of the gangsters responsible for the death of his father.

Who would you cast as Michael Sullivan Jr. in "Road To Purgatory"? And which director would be best suited to bring this story back to the big screen? Let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!