Ethan Hawke confirms work has begun on Before Midnight

Re-teaming with Julie Delpy for sequel to Before Sunset

Rumours have long been circulating suggesting that Richard Linklater has been pondering a second sequel to his popular rom-coms Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, and finally, Ethan Hawke has confirmed that work has begun on a third film in the series.

The first film saw Delpy and Hawke play strangers who meet in Vienna and spend a wistful, tentatively romantic day together before going their separate ways some 24 hours later. Before Sunset repeated the trick, with a similarly chance encounter throwing them together in Paris.

Delpy and Hawke had recently been spotted in Greece, sparking rumours that a third film must be in the pipeline, and while Hawke wouldn't confirm that the third film would be set there, he did reveal that work has begun on what's tentatively been named Before Midnight.

"We’re here writing a third instalment to Before Sunrise," he revealed. "If it works out, we’ll film it, and if it doesn’t, we won’t. It’s not really worth talking about. I’m just here developing.”

A fairly low-key soundbite then, although he did begin to sound excited as he warmed to his theme. "It's super good," he said of the prep he'd done with Linklater so far. "We're just here workshopping it and developing it, trying to create a great script."

So just knocking about in Greece with Julie Delpy for company, trying to work out the finer details of a romantic comedy. Nice work if you can get it...

Would you welcome another sequel in the series? Tell us, below!


    • mattburgess

      Aug 31st 2012, 8:34

      Yay! Before Sunset was a bit too 'real time' for me, and it seemed somehow less romantic than the greater first film. If the first is about young, new love meeting for the first time, the second seemed more about a couple of mates having a catch up.

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    • chesteylarue

      Aug 31st 2012, 12:11

      The mere prospect of this happening makes me happier than is reasonable. PLEASE do this! I need to know what happens to Celine and Jesse.

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    • mattburgess

      Aug 31st 2012, 15:33

      Both characters appear together in Linklater's 'Waking Life'

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