Back in March, I posted an article about how a sequel to The Boonbock Saints had been greenlit, but there was quite a bit of skepticism (not just from me) as to whether it would actually happen. Well, it's happening.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Boondock Saints 2 started filming in late October. As much as I hated the original, writer/director Troy Duffy deserves props for having the tenacity to help this project (which languished in development purgatory for years) see the light of day.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I hope this sequel turns out to be good. Granted, I thought the original was terrible, but I always try to review every movie on its own merits. I've already been wrong about Troy Duffy once; he was successful in getting a sequel produced, so why rule out the possibility that the sequel could actually be good? My hope is that the sequel will be devoid of the elements that made me hate the original so much — mainly hamola acting, a script filled with clichés and a storyline that depended mostly on implausible situations.
Willem Dafoe will not be returning for the sequel, but the other original actors will. In addition, Julie Benz and Clifton Collins, Jr. (neither of whom appeared in the original) have been cast. I'm seeing at least one actor in the cast whose character died in the original, so I have to assume there is at least one flashback sequence in the sequel.
So far, I haven't seen any official announcements regarding a release date, or whether it will have a theatrical release. Given what Troy Duffy has accomplished so far, I wouldn't bet against him.
What do you think? Will this movie be worth seeing? Will you plan to go see it if it hits theaters?