There are certain projects that dogged journalists never tire of asking about, and a third installment of the romance between Jesse and Céline is definitely one of them. Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater field questions about a follow-up to "Before Sunset" no matter what they're promoting, and usually they tease us with a little promise about our protagonists. This time, Hawke has given fans something more to chew on - an offhand comment that they'll begin shooting the third film this summer.
Tellingly, he told IndieWire, "I've gotten into trouble, so I'm sworn to secrecy. The biggest change between this one and the last one is the Internet. The first time we did it, we didn't have any pressure; nobody gave a s**t."
Well, we do! At the risk of spoiling the end of "Before Sunset," things were looking promising for our almost-lovers, who were then dissatisfied adults in their 30s. Will the third time be the charm?
Last November, Hawke told AlloCine that he, Delpy and Linklater has the third movie on their minds. "All three of us have been having similar feelings that we're ready to revisit those characters. There's nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again so we've really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We're going to try write it this year."
Delpy is a bit of a wild card, though. She and Linklater had a fight about writing credits for "Before Sunset," and, although it sounds like they're back on speaking terms, she still sounds a bit miffed. She told The Guardian, "Richard was not totally fair on that. And he knows it. Richard says he couldn't do anything, but I think he could've done something." When EW.com talked to her and Chris Rock at Sundance for her film "2 Days in New York," she seemed amenable to the idea but not locked in.
It seems like Hawke is the only one talking about this "Sunrise/Sunset" sequel, so we'll have to wait until this summer to see if production actually gets underway.