What’s the difference between a sequel and spinoff? Sometimes it’s just semantics. And while some may be clamoring for Ryan Gosling to put on the scorpion jacket and bust out a toothpick once again to play the enigmatic Driver, Nicolas Winding Refn has closed the door on a sequel…but not on the character reappearing on the big screen. Huh? We’ll let him explain.
“That is never going to happen. But the character of The Driver might return in another film. We’re playing with that idea. We’ll see what happens,” he told The Evening Standard (via The Burnley Citizen). We’re not sure what this all means exactly, or if Refn even has rights to the character. As you might recall, author James Sallis revealed over the summer that his book sequel “Driven” was being developed into a movie, but not much has been heard since. And while some may have hoped Refn and Gosling would be involved, that story is very much a sequel to “Drive,” and that doesn’t seem to be a road the pair want to go down.
Until then, we’ll sit and wait for “Only God Forgives” to show up (perhaps at the Rome Film Festival next month?), and see what Gosling does in his first time behind the camera as he makes his directorial debut next spring with “How To Catch A Monster,” in which his “Drive” co-star Christina Hendricks will be taking a role.
“We have spoken about it, and of course I will give him advice if he wants me to. I told him if he wakes up in sweats at 5am on the morning of shooting to call me,” Refn said. It looks like their bromance won’t be fading out anytime soon.