"Rounders" fans, rejoice! A sequel to the cult hit may be closer than you think.
Talking to Matt Damon at today's Comic-Con press line for "Elysium," the upcoming Neill Blomkamp sci-fi film in which he stars opposite Jodie Foster, the actor confirmed that both he and co-star Edward Norton are still itching to make a follow-up to the 1998 underground-poker flick alongside original director John Dahl.
"Brian [Koppelman] and David [Levien], who wrote the first one, have an idea for it, and we've been talking to Harvey Weinstein about maybe doing it, because Edward Norton wants to do it, I want to do it, and our director John Dahl, he'd love to do it," Damon told us. "So we're like, 'Why don't we just get everybody together and go do it, you know?'"
So is it possible that this thing might actually happen? Like, you know, soon? After all, fans of the first film have been burned by this kind of talk before.
"It could," answered Damon, before going on to indicate where a potential follow-up might lead. "When we did 'Rounders' it was this little niche kind of subculture that nobody knew about, and subsequent to that, after like the World Poker Tour on TV, like showing the people's whole cards, people got really into watching it. Then Chris Moneymaker came out of nowhere and won the World Series of Poker, and so it kind of blew up, and then all the stuff with the gaming, the online gaming, and the whole Ponzi scheme thing, and the government shutting it down...there's a lot of stuff that's happened in that world [since the first movie came out]...so what happened to [my] character post-that time period would probably be really interesting."
Looking at the disappointing box-office numbers for the first "Rounders," it may seem unlikely that the Weinsteins would even consider the possibility of making a sequel - until you factor in the films' enormous surge in popularity once it hit the home video market.
"Well, that's what saved it," said Damon. "I mean, it bombed when it came out, and everybody...I remember seeing something on TV where...after the opening weekend they were like, 'Matt Damon's new movie is a bomb! It's official! 'Rounders' is a bomb!' And I was like, 'Wow, that's harsh! I thought it was a pretty good movie!' But it worked out, you know?"
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