Sales of white jackets with gold embroidered scorpions are about to get an uptick, since it looks like Ryan Gosling's stoic wheelman from "Drive" is possibly making a U-turn back into theaters.
Under the disappointingly conventional title of "Driven" (we would have preferred "Drive 2: The Drivening"), writer James Sallis has crafted a sequel to his original novel of "Drive" and tells The Independent that it has all the fixins for a pretty gnarly new filmic chapter as well.
"Now, 'Driven' is in the movie pipeline – 'they love the book', he says."
Taking a page or 12 from "Kill Bill," this new tome finds Gosling's character living in Phoenix under the guise of "Paul West," having started a business and taken himself a new woman, but when his bride-to-be is killed in a violent attack he sets his factory switch back to "super-violent." With the help of an ex-gangbanger and Desert Storm vet named Felix (paging Michael Peña?), the Driver must burn his enemies and a whole lotta rubber once again.
Of course, it helps that Sallis very much owns the success of Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 splatterpiece, which took in a robust $76-million worldwide, around 5-times its budget.
"It was difficult not to visualize Ryan Gosling playing the role when I wrote the sequel," says Sallis. "I think he really made the character his own. Of course, they made changes in the script – but it has the blood, heart and guts of the book – it feels like my film."
Due to the nature of events in the first, we will likely not see the sardonic musings of Albert Brooks nor the Easter Island-esque visage of Ron Perlman, or pretty much anybody else for that matter. Refn is busy prepping for the long-distance production of "Logan's Run" with Gosling, and the two of them have the Thai-set "Only God Forgives," which word from Cannes suggests will at least be a spiritual successor to "Drive."