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Surprise: Richard Linklater Has Completed ‘Before Midnight’ With Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy

by Edward Davis
September 5, 2012 1:55 PM
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Before Midnight

First up, the rumor was Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," the supposed follow-up to "Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset" was unexpectedly shooting in Greece just a few weeks after Julie Delpy told us that the project had a least a year to go before shooting. Ethan Hawke seemed to echo Delpy's sentiments recently: he and Linklater were in Greece only writing the film.

All the while our Greek friends at Flix were insisting the film was shooting despite the actors claiming otherwise. Turns out they were right all along (and we should have listened to those emails). Deadline reports that not only was "Before Midnight" -- its confirmed official title -- shooting in Greece all along, but it's actually completed its principal photography. 

The third film of this trilogy, Delpy and Hawke are obviously reprising their roles as star-crossed lovers Celine and Jesse. The script was once again scripted by Linklater, Delpy and Hawke (they earned a 2005 screewriting nomination for "Before Sunrise"), and obviously they shot this on the sly (for the most part).

The trio released a statement: “It’s great to be back together again, this time in beautiful Greece to revisit the lives of Celine and Jesse nine years after Jesse was about to miss his flight.” This alludes to the end of "Before Sunset," where Jesse was indeed about to miss his flight back home to the U.S. and possibly finally take a step forward with his relationship with Celine. The ending was quite the cliffhanger. So what happens nine years later? While no sizzle real for "Before Midnight" will arrive in TIFF, buyers will be anxious to hear about it and presumably the film will come along with a 2013 release date when a sale is made. A first look image of the new movie is above.

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  • Glass | September 30, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    Super late on this one, but notice there's no wedding ring on Jesse's finger anymore. Unless it's bent way back in that photo.

  • Alaia | September 25, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    Holy lord above, I can't wait until this movie comes out. The first two are among my fave movies, so I hope this one doesn't disappoint.

  • Sara | September 15, 2012 11:35 AMReply

    Gosh, this is gonna be amazikng!

  • Sue | September 7, 2012 12:51 PMReply

    I just love those 2 movies and am watching them for what - the 50th time? - today. Julie Delpy is an interesting lady, and I was sorry her appearance on ER was so short. Hope this comes out EARLY in 2013, if not before!

  • Alaia | September 25, 2012 8:52 PM

    Yes, I can watch these movies over and over and not tire of them.

  • jen | September 6, 2012 7:36 PMReply

    loved the last two, really looking forward to this one

  • Amanda | September 5, 2012 6:24 PMReply

    Great news! Hawke and delpy are both very good actors! Can't wait to see this one, it's my second most anticipated movie of 2013 after James Gray's "Nightingale".

  • Dahz | September 5, 2012 4:58 PMReply

    Surprise indeed! This is great news. The reports of Hawke, Delpy and Linklater supposedly writing in Greece caught my attention a week or two ago and just last night, with a few hours spare, I sat down to re-watch both the original and the sequel. They are beautiful, bitter-sweet films with wonderful dialogue and realistic characters that actually have something to say about their shared and isolated experiences and the human condition. I can't wait to see this third one!

  • Jarrett Leahy | September 5, 2012 4:20 PMReply

    So psyched. I love that they were able to sneak off and film it without being bothered. Can't wait to see it & I hope this means they will FINALLY release the first two films on Blu-ray.

  • Greg | September 5, 2012 3:32 PMReply

    Is it confirmed for sure that Before Midnight will be at TIFF for sure??

  • Read | September 5, 2012 3:46 PM

    it's not at TIFF at all. It JUST finished.

  • berk | September 5, 2012 3:29 PMReply

    Thus bringing us to 2040 with "After Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight" every nine years.

  • Sue | September 7, 2012 12:48 PM

    Hope so! Altho, that would make me 94....

  • viennesewaltz | September 5, 2012 3:03 PMReply

    The one where Jesse was about to miss his flight was Before Sunset, not Before Sunrise.

  • Head Buckaroo | September 5, 2012 4:31 PM

    Same goes for the 2005 Oscar nomination. Before Sunset, not Sunrise.

  • nadia | September 5, 2012 2:52 PMReply

    Exciting! the first 2 films were so good, this is already my most anticipated film of 2013.

  • Er | September 9, 2012 1:58 AM

    Hooray!!! I've waited so long for this third one. I've grown old waiting for another one to come along. I hope this will be the last and final one...

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