Ethan Hawke on a Before Sunset Sequel
01.05.10 by Ryan
When Before Sunrise was released in 1995, it enjoyed a modest success in theaters that grew when it was released on video and DVD and ultimately inspired a sequel, Before Sunset, in 2004. Sunset enjoyed larger box-office success, prompting even more sequel talk. Ethan Hawke told Collider that after making Sunset "there was not a doubt in the three of our minds [Hawke, co-star Julie Delpy, and co-writer/director Richard Linklater] that we would do it again" and discussed what it would take to make a third movie.
The success of the second film has made it a little difficult to see our way around how to do it. Because the first time we revisited it there was no expectation. I remember when it first came out that Before Sunset was going to be released, I remember reading some article "They must believe in themselves because why would they?" I mean there was no expectation on it. And now every time I go out to dinner with friends, "I've got an idea. What if it opens and she's having a baby and...." So it would be very difficult for us to exactly know how to.
Hawke believes what will help in making another Before is time.
When we first finished Before Sunset there was an idea that we would do ... Julie and I wanted to do a short film the next year that we thought would be really fun to do like a five minute short and then put it in the vault so to speak and then fifteen years later make another film that had ... but time is such a big part of that movie. How time affects people and how we change. But my thought is we will make one as soon as everybody has forgotten about it. Rick [Linklater] is going to ... it'll probably take Rick to see a window that will want him to revisit these people and then he'll lasso Julie and I into talking about what's happened to us.
And what would the title of a third movie be? "Before We Go Crazy? I don't know," replied Hawke.