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Ethan Hawke Says 'Before Sunrise'/ 'Before Sunset' Followup Shoots This Summer

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 13, 2012 5:18 PM
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It's rare for two films as perfectly pitched and utterly delightful as "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" to come along, but can Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater three-peat? That's going to be the big question as news of the proposed followup has once again reared its head, and should it actually turn out to be fact, we could be seeing it very soon.

But first to recap: last fall, Hawke teased that he was re-teaming with Delpy and Linklater to write and make the film. "All of 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're really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We're going to try write it this year," Hawke said. However, Delpy poured cold water on that notion back in January saying, "We're thinking about it, but it's not official." But perhaps now things are moving along?

Chatting with Indiewire recently, Hawke seemed pretty confident the movie was going to get made, and even teased a little bit of what it might entail: "We’re also doing a follow-up to 'Before Sunrise' and 'Before Sunset,' so that will be fun. We’re going to shoot that this summer," he said. "I’ve gotten into trouble, so I’m sworn to secrecy. The biggest change between this one and the last one is the internet."

Hmm... Will Jesse and Celine continue their relationship on Skype? Maybe find each other all over again on Match.com? Get swindled by a Nigerian Prince scam? All we know is the magic of the previous films lied in the simple interactions between Hawke and Delpy, and we hope this doesn't fall too far down the technological rabbit hole. But will anything beat the closing shot of "Before Sunset"?

We'll see if this comes to fruition though. When we spoke to Linklater in April, he was pretty cagey about what he was up to next, though he might've been trying to keep this under wraps. And if anything, the "Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset" films are the kind of low-key productions that could be made on the fly and under the radar. But expectations will be very high, so let's hope that if they do it, they do it right.

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  • Mike Arvedlund | August 30, 2012 7:09 PMReply

    From a hopeless oldfashioned unrealistic romanthic that whatches sunrises and sunset over and over again AND enjoy the movie topcritic the late movie Professor Robin Woods unique beginning of his reviuew of sunrise that broke the not-to-break-code of declacing his ultimate love to this movie..:

    http://novak.livejournal.com/478479.html

    For anyone into W. H Audens, Goethe's and Sunset's universe, and for all of us who love sunrise and sunset, this most be the most lovely lines in movie history:

    Baby, you are gonna miss that plane

    I know



    In great hope

    Awaiting the sequel

    Together with Goethe's ghost - sweet cakes and milkshakes

    Don't you agree??

    Best wishes from Mike

  • John | June 16, 2012 11:36 PMReply

    speaking Before Sunrise/Sunset why aren't these films on Blu-ray?!

  • Jimbo | June 15, 2012 3:05 AMReply

    I trust them, of course, but at the same time, I don't know if I ever really want to know after he missed that plane. For me, it's the most beautiful ending of any film ever. I'd be more than happy to leave it at that...

  • Van | June 13, 2012 11:13 PMReply

    I think he simply meant that the internet has caused more people to be aware of the movies, thus enlarging the fanbase - people will be watching this is all he's getting at.

  • Lucy | June 13, 2012 5:49 PMReply

    I agree with Jon I don't think the Internet will have anything to do with the plot. Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are so charming, the latter is my favorite. I hope they really do make it this summer. Very exciting!

  • jon | June 13, 2012 5:41 PMReply

    I think what Ethan is trying to say is that since Before Sunset, movie news sites such as these have multiplied, and anything he says regarding the plot will be circulated far and wide. I don't think he's literally saying the internet will have something to do with the plot.

  • Caroline | June 13, 2012 8:34 PM

    I agree but I also think it is possible he is referring to things like facebook. If facebook had existed in 1995 before sunset (hypothetically) didn't need to happen because jesse and celine could have found each other somewhat easily. All I know is he missed that plane in 2004...

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