Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise” trilogy capped off four years ago with the beloved “Before Midnight,” a film which still had an ambiguous ending that hinted (but didn’t guarantee) reconciliation.
Does that mean there’s room for another one? Each film boasts a nine-year gap between each entry, which means we should expect a fourth film until 2022 if at all.
However, there’s another marker – the first discussions between Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy regarding the second and third entries in the series began approximately five years after the release of the previous film.
Hawke recently sat down with The Independent to promote “Maudie” and was asked if there was a chance a fourth one could happen. He says:
“I would have said after the second there was definitely going to be a third one but I do feel complete in that the first one starts with the older couple arguing on the train and by the end of the third one we’ve become that couple.
If it were to continue it would change shape. It would be something else. Julie, Rick and I might work together again, we might revisit those characters but it’ll need a new burst of energy. I don’t know what it is.
We’re not allowed to think about it until five years after – that’s how we’ve done it every time. “Waking Life” was five years after “Before Sunrise” and “Before Midnight” we met five years after “Before Sunset.” So we’re gonna meet five years after the release of “Before Midnight,” talk about it and see where we wind up.”
Hawke also spoke about the ending of “Before Midnight” and where he feels it leaves things standing:
“People often think that because people are fighting something bad is happening, and often times, the opposite is true. If I look back at my own life and I see the most hurtful, scratchiest parts, those are the parts where the most growing had happened.
At the end of ‘Before Midnight,’ I have a lot of hope for Jesse and Celine because at least they’re not living a lie; they’re engaged with each other. It’s a hard relationship, for sure, but I see a lot of love in that movie.
At the end of that movie, I think he has more hope than Celine does…I think he’s clearly invested in that relationship and he’s clearly invested in loving that woman. Her problems are stronger and I think more developmental…I relate to it and I don’t see it without a lot of hope.”
Hawke has no shortage of films on his schedule having recently done “Tonight at Noon,” “24 Hours to Live,” “First Reformed,” “Stockholm” and making an appearance in last month’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”.