The Departed Getting a Sequel?
06.16.10 by Ryan
Not to spoil the ending of 2006's The Departed, but for those who haven't seen it, let's just say that a sequel seems rather unlikely. However, The Departed was based on the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, which received both a prequel in Infernal Affairs II and a sequel/prequel with Infernal Affairs III.
So how realistic is a Departed sequel? Speaking with Collider in 2007, screenwriter William Monahan said a potential Departed sequel wouldn't follow the story of it's Hong Kong counterpart, but declared it a possibility.
I read the prequel and sequel to Infernal Affairs for the first time a couple of weeks ago and there wasn’t anything I could use in Boston situation, not now. The thing is, that world of The Departed is sort of an intensely personal literary construct. If you analyze what the commodity is now, it’s that literary construct. People are talking about a sequel, but the reality is that I could propose Untitled Boston Crime Picture and sell it for more than I’d get for a sequel. I’m not putting the screws to anybody, I'm stating a fact. The commodity has transformed. I'll be writing about Boston as long as I live, but whether or not I do it in the form of a Departed sequel is up to other people. I’d honestly love to bring back Dignam [Mark Wahlberg], and I know how the picture would open. With The Departed Tango and snow falling on the Boston Common. I know every scene in the picture. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t. When I say that I couldn’t use Infernal Affairs 2 and 3 I’m not criticizing either film, I’m saying that The Departed now points in its own direction.
Screenrant reports (via Boston-based site BeanTown) that another Departed will arrive in 2012, with Martin Scorsese "signed off on the untitled sequel." The report also included Wahlberg disussing the possibility of reprising his character.
They told me they wanted to try to do [a sequel] and I said, "Well, I enjoyed playing the character." I mean, this guy [Dignam] doesn’t give a s**t about anything. He doesn't care what anyone thinks. He just does what he does, he does it the way he wants to do it. And I love that. I don’t think that people who are borderline sane have to be bad. It was just the way I was acting throughout the movie, and then you realize that he’s one of the only stand-up guys. He avenges the death of someone he doesn’t even like just because it’s the right thing to do. There’s a dignity to him.
Wahlberg also claims that Robert De Niro will join the sequel as a State House politician. While Wahlberg's statements seem to indicate that progress is being made on a sequel, the quote is actually taken from an interview with Empire from 2007. In fact, a year later in 2008, Wahlberg told MTV that the movie was still only a "maybe."
They're [still] developing it. If it can be better than the first, then great. I'll be all for it. I'm not interested in going for the paycheck. I love Godfather 2 but, then again, I don’t like Godfather 3. So we may do a sequel with a new cast, and a prequel and bring back the rest of the guys.
Monahan, meanwhile, is busy finishing up his directorial debut, London Boulevard, and is also set to write an untitled Viking movie for director Mel Gibson. So while a Departed sequel may happen one day, there's not much happening with it for now.