Last November, we heard that Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater were thinking about making another movie to add to the story begun in “Before Sunrise” and continued in “Before Sunset.” At the time Hawke said:
“I don’t know what we’re going to do but I know the three of us have been talking a lot in the last six months. All three of us have been having similar feelings that we’re ready to revisit those characters. There’s nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again so we’ve really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We’re going to try write it this year.”
Then earlier this summer there was more talk about it (I’m sorry, I can’t find whether it was Delpy, Hawke, or Linklater), but it sounded like something that would likely happen in 2013. But lo and behold, suddenly we got news out of nowhere yesterday from Deadline that they have actually finished making the film and Linklater will be in Toronto to sell the project.
The film, shot in Messina, Greece, is titled “Before Midnight.” Dang it, I was close–last November I had suggested that it be called “After Sunset, Before Midnight.” Here’s a quote from the group:
“It’s great to be back together again, this time in beautiful Greece to revisit the lives of Celine and Jesse nine years after Jesse was about to miss his flight.”
For those new to the series, “Before Sunrise” (1995) was about two young people who run into each other while traveling and spend a long night together talking. In “Before Sunset” (2004), they meet again and talk some more. It’s simple romance, no intrigue or mystery. If you need fireworks and thrills, you won’t like these movies. If you don’t like to listen to people talk, you won’t like them. If you do like dialogue heavy movies, you will like these.
Hopefully they’ll get a distributor in Toronto and we’ll get a release date.