Rounders Screenwriters "Plan to Do" a Sequel with Same Characters
05.21.10 by BJSprecher
Rounders starred Matt Damon and Edward Norton as a couple of card sharks who make the "rounds" of various underground poker games hoping to earn enough money to get out from under the thumb of a loan shark. The 1998 movie preceded the Texas Hold 'em explosion of the early '00s and remains a popular movie to this day. There have been various rumblings about a possible sequel over the years, but as time has gone by — and as Damon exploded as the star of the Bourne series — the odds of seeing a sequel have diminished significantly. However, in a recent interview with MTV, the screenwriters of Rounders, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, said that a sequel is still something they "plan to do," it's just a matter of finding the right story.
Levien said that they have maintained relationships with the principals of the first movie and that they would want to revisit the characters in the sequel.
Rounders is something that we talk about because whenever we see Matt Damon, whenever we see Edward Norton, who we're friends with, we talk about doing it. We've kept in touch with [Rounders director] John Dahl. We have this idea that we really want to pick these characters up down the road. So it is something we plan to do, we just don't have it on the calendar yet.
Koppelman added that they wouldn't make a sequel just for the sake of making a sequel.
We've made promises to a lot of people though that we won't do it if we can't find a way for it not to suck.
Levien and Koppelman's latest collaboration, Solitary Man, opens this week.