Even though bookshelves currently feature the sequel to James Sallis’ novel Drive, on which Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 cult film was based, the director has no plans to adapt it. We previously brought you the author’s thoughts on an adaptation of Driven; that film may still go ahead, just not with Refn and star Ryan Gosling attached. However, Refn commented on the fact that even though a Drive sequel is out of the question, the character of The Driver may yet appear again on screen. Hit the jump to get this sorted out.
Regular readers of our site know that we all loved Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and would jump at the chance to see the director return with star Ryan Gosling for a possible sequel. The original centered on an LA stunt driver who moonlighted as a wheelman for criminals. Now that the second book from Drive author, James Sallis, has been out on the shelves for a couple of months, he’s been kind enough to give some updates on the sequel’s progress. Driven, the follow-up to the sure-to-be cult classic, is admittedly in the earliest of stages of development. The good thing is that the plot of the sequel takes place seven years after the original, which would hopefully be more than enough time to get a second film off the ground (the first took six years all told). Hit the jump to see what Sallis had to say about Gosling, writing the sequel and more on Driven.
One of my favorite films this year was Nicolas Winding Refn’s drama Drive. The genre pic was a breath of fresh air in an environment filled with generic bang ‘em up action movies, and features some fantastic performances from a top-notch cast (Albert Brooks is picking up considerable awards notice for his villainous turn). What some may not know is that the film is actually based on the crime novel of the same name by James Sallis. The book hit stores in 2005, and now Twitch reports that Sallis’s sequel Driven is aiming for an April 2012 release date.
Refn and star Ryan Gosling got along famously during the filming of Drive and are already set to team up for two more projects: Only God Forgives and a remake of Logan’s Run. If Driven is a hit, could the two possibly tackle the sequel in feature film form? Personally, I doubt it, and I’m not really sure the movie Drive begs for a sequel. But if Refn and Gosling decided they had an interesting take on the material, I’d be first in line. Check out a rough draft of the cover as well as a brief teaser synopsis for Driven.