There is not really a lot to discuss here, so please forgive the short article, however it is news which has both saddened and intrigued me. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn recently spoke with The Evening Standard and said that he will not be involved in directing the sequel to Drive called Driver, however the character might reappear in the future. When asked about the Drive sequel, here is what he said:
“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,”
Well, it is sad to hear Refn won’t be directing the sequel, which has been written by James Sallis (writer of Drive) and hit bookshops earlier this year, but it is exciting to hear Refn speak about a possible return of The Driver himself in a future film. I guess we will just have to wait and see what comes next. With Refn busy on a number of projects including Only God Forgives, Logan’s Run and possibly Button Man: Killing Game, I doubt we will be hearing much more about Driver for a while.
Here is the synopsis for Driver, with writer Sallis also expressing some of his own thoughts:
The novel picks up seven years after the events of “Drive” and our hero is now living in Phoenix under the name Paul West, and he’s engaged to be married. However, when two goons attack him and his fiancée leaving her dead, Driver is forced to face his past and seek vengeance. [Insert cool electro soundtrack] ”He is trying to suppress the violence – but the sequel shows the process of him accepting that this is who he is. He tries to become a normal person and re-invents himself. After his fiancée is killed, the violence is unleashed again,” Sallis explained.
“It was difficult not to visualise Ryan Gosling playing the role when I wrote the sequel,” Sallis also said. “I think he really made the character his own. Of course, they made changes in the script – but it has the blood, heart and guts of the book – it feels like my film.”
As for Gosling returning, that too is doubtful right now as he is also busy with a lot of films, including his directorial debut How To Catch a Monster. Refn offered this advise to his regular collaborator:
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.