Even though the internet is aflutter that Drive didn’t receive the Oscar nominations everyone thought it deserved, Nicolas Windig Refn doesn’t seem phased by it, as he’s hard at work on his next film/collaboration with Ryan Gosling, the Thailand set story of a gangster and a police officer who settle a debt in a Thai boxing competition. That film is currently filming in Thailand, but many are wondering what will be next for the prolific director and his new collaborating star. When asked about the sequel to Drive, Driven, he considered the possibility of him being the one to bring it to the screen:
“Well, I think that… hmm. Let me just say that I haven’t made up my mind yet. Stranger things have happened…” which he said right after saying:
“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.”
So, if he were to return to it, it doesn’t look like it’s something on the immediate hotplate, it might be something we get a few years down the line. Remember, Refn is now a busy man in Hollywood, with one movie wrapping soon, and inevitably, Logan’s Run, which as a remake property, has had more false starts than just about anything else. He says the concept is what initially drew him to the project, and with Gosling on board, I’m sure he’ll find a way to put an interesting twist on the cult sci-fi movie that enjoyed a great resurgence in popularity after a Family Guy parody. Bryan Singer spent years developing the remake, only to part ways from the project in a huff to work on the troubled Jack the Giant Killer. When we hear more on that one (after Only God Forgives I would venture to guess) we’ll be sure to bring it to you, or if any of those plans end up changing.