criminally snubbed this year with regard to Oscar nominations, Drive was easily one of the most critically-acclaimed and talked about films of 2011 (it was, in fact, Screen Rant’s favorite film).
Oscar nominations or no, there’s little doubt that director Nicolas Winding Refn will go onto bigger and better things as a result. In a recent interview, he talked about the success of Drive, the chances of him making Drive 2 (hint: they’re a whole lot better than zero), remaking Logan’s Run, and being passed over to direct an episode of Doctor Who.
On the success of Drive, courtesy of Short List, Nicolas Refn said:
"I’m just so sick of talking about 'Drive.' […] You’re always happy with the success. But I’ve talked about this movie extensively for more than a year, so that’s it. I don’t know what else I can add [at this point]."
On whether or not Ryan Gosling is Robert De Niro to Refn’s Martin Scorcese, now that they're working on their second and (soon to be) third movies together:
"Well, yeah, it just feels right. Ryan and I are very similar. On 'Drive' I was living with Carey [Mulligan] because she had no place to stay, and Ryan would always come over and hang out. So it was very communal in that sense."
Drive was based on a book by the same name. The sequel to that book, Driven, not to be confused with one of the worst Sylvester Stallone films of all time, is coming out this spring.
On whether or not Refn would be interested in adapting Driven into a live-action sequel to the 2011 Drive, he said:
"Well, I think that... hmm. Let me just say that I haven’t made up my mind yet. Stranger things have happened..."
When Drive initially came out, some ruminated that the ending – SPOILER ALERT – implied that the main character, simply known as ‘the driver,’ was in the process of dying in the final moments of the film.
Not longer after, Nicolas Refn himself came out and essentially put the kibosh on such an interpretation, saying:
"Well, all my films always have open endings. All of them. Because I believe art is always best when…you talk about it and think about it [and] so forth. Maybe once in awhile I’ve gone too far, but I always believe in finding the right balance. And in ‘Drive’ he lives on for more and new adventures."
So it’s obvious that the idea of a sequel has been on Refn’s mind for some time. And who doesn’t want to see Ryan Gosling produce more psychopathic sweat droplets in between acts of terrible, gut-wrenching violence?
In 2007, Nicolas Refn directed an episode of BBC’s Miss Marple series – based on the Agatha Christie series of books – entitled ‘Marple: Nemesis.’ When asked if there were any other British properties he’d like to work on, Refn said:
"I would have loved to direct Doctor Who but they didn’t want me — they turned me down last year. Maybe if they revive Blake’s 7 I could do that. I love it. It’s great. That could be fun to update."
Refn also talked – albeit very briefly – about what drew him to the remake of Logan’s Run, which he is in the process of adapting with Ryan Gosling in the lead, saying simply:
Would you guys be interested in seeing a sequel to Drive? Or was one go-around with that silent psychopath enough for you? Let us know in the comments.
Drive hits DVD and blu-ray January 30th. When we hear more Only God Forgives, Refn's next film, and Logan's Run, we'll let you know.
Source: Short List
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