For those who prefer film trilogies that focus on unrequited romances and stream-of-consciousness dialogue between a French woman and an American author, here’s some good news: There will be a third “Before Sunrise” movie.
In an interview with the French publication Allocine, as noted by Vulture, Ethan Hawke confirmed that he, “Sunrise” co-star Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater — who were nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for co-writing the script for “Before Sunset,” the sequel to 1995’s “Before Sunrise” — are planning to write a third film about the uber-contemplative, almost-lovers Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy).
“All three of us have been having similar feelings that we’re ready to revisit those characters,” Hawke said. “There’s nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again so we’ve really started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We’re going to try write it this year.”
This is not the first time that Hawke has raised the prospect of another “Sunrise.”
In an interview last year with Collider, the actor hinted that a third screenplay was a real possibility. But this is the first time Hawke has definitively indicated there are plans to make it happen soon.
“Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” served as cinematic bookends, first tracing the love-at-first-sight-via-Eurorail pass relationship between Jesse and Celine (“Sunrise”), then, in “Sunset,” the regret both felt a decade later about not pursuing that connection. The subject matter of the third film remains vague. Did the two wind up together? Did they separate again, then randomly stumble upon each other in a decidedly quaint European cafe? It’s unclear. What is clear is that Hawke, Delpy and Linklater have proven twice that they know how to create an honest and touching portrait of love the way it feels in real life instead of rom-coms. And if they can manage it again, they will have pulled off what is, in my opinion, one of the great love story hat tricks in movie history.