Troy Duffy's 1999 low budget action film The Boondock Saints, about a set of fraternal twins who one day decide that God himself has instructed them to become vigilante killers and clean up the streets of Boston, might be one of the most divisive films of its kind. It was almost universally panned by critics when it was originally released, but has a strong following of fans who love the film and its two main characters.
The Boondock Saints is definitely worth watching for the chemistry between Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery - as well as Willem Dafoe's role as an investigating FBI agent - and for the great number of funny and memorable scenes in it. It's definitely a flawed movie, but it's fun to watch and the reviews that it got were probably a little harsh. With that in mind, many people remain interested in seeing more from the writer and director of the film, Troy Duffy.
Those wishes might come true - if Duffy gets his way, at least. We Got This Covered spoke to Duffy regarding the upcoming Blu-ray release of the director's cut of The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day and asked if he could give an update on which direction the series might take next. Apparently, he's not done with the Saints yet, and is planning both a third movie and a TV series:
"I'm still working on the third film too. I'm trying to find my way through that plot. It could start to get a little bit comic book like when you think about it. You know, these two prolific vigilante characters in prison and then they get out and have the backing of the catholic church. It could get pretty extreme.
"I'm working through it though. I'm about halfway done the script. So ya, that’s definitely on the front. We’re doing a third installment. One of the things that I'm hoping to provide fans with in the third film is a lot of answers to their questions about the brothers. The film is going to be more introspective. I don’t want to give too much away but right now I couldn't be more pleased with how it’s turning out.
"[The] TV show is still on the hopper here... I kind of envision a re-birth of 'The Boondock Saints' for a new generation. With television you can go so much more in depth and tell a lot more story. I'm excited about it."
Duffy said that both Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery are set to return for the future Boondock Saints projects, with Willem Dafoe also taking an interest. Duffy revealed back in 2011 that he had been approached to make a TV series, so his continued interest in that avenue may be part of an ongoing collaboration with a network, or may be something that he is pursuing independently.
The story of how the first Boondock Saints film got made was the subject of a 2003 documentary called Overnight, which also documented Duffy's subsequent fall from grace after being touted as one of the freshest voices and most important names to watch in Hollywood. He went from being a bartender to being a filmmaker almost in the blink of an eye when Harvey Weinstein, after reading the script that Duffy had written between his shifts, came down to the bar and offered him a deal with Miramax.
Despite these Cinderella-esque beginnings and the hype surrounding his early career, the two Boondock Saints films remain the only projects that Duffy has ever directed. Miramax pulled out before Boondock Saints even began filming, and while it was later financed by an independent studio and gained a strong cult following after its DVD release, Duffy didn't make any money off the DVD sales.
Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day was eventually produced after almost a decade in development hell, and Duffy has been talking about making another sequel for some time now, with no news yet of whether any studios have taken an interest in it.
With that in mind, we'd advise Boondock Saints fans to hold off before getting really excited for a third film or a TV show. However passionately Duffy may believe in the Boondock Saints franchise, these two projects - the TV show in particular - are unlikely to come to fruition unless the writer-director can find someone to foot the bill for them. Norman Reedus is currently fully committed to his role in The Walking Dead (which admittedly could come to an end at any time, given the nature of the show), and this could complicate the matter of finding time to shoot a movie, and especially another TV show.
Are you hyped to see more of the Saints, and do you think that the sequel or TV show are likely to happen? Let us know in the comments.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saint's Day Director's Cut will be available July 16th, 2013 on Blu-ray. We'll keep you updated on any further details regarding other Boondock Saints projects.
Source: We Got This Covered