Filmmaker Gavin O’Connor has done several features so far from “Miracle” to “Pride and Glory” to the pilot of “The Americans” and more recently “Jane Got a Gun”. It’s his 2011 mixed martial arts film “Warrior” though, starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two estranged brothers who find themselves training to compete against each other, that remains his most talked about work.
Out doing promotion for the Ben Affleck-led “The Accountant” opening next week and which he helmed, O’Connor tells Screen Rant that a sequel to “Warrior” is a possibility despite the lack of box-office success (making just $23 million from a $25 million budget). Critically well-regarded at the time, the film has now managed to earn a cult following – especially with the explosion of interest in MMA.
The film also leaves the long-term future of both characters, and several minor story points, unanswered which leads to the obvious question of where a hypothetical sequel might go. Asked about the post-release appreciation of the film, especially by the MMA community, he says:
“I’m grateful! I was trying to get that right. When I made that movie, it was still… MMA and UFC and that type of fighting, it just wasn’t as popular as it is today. And that movie, more than any movie I’ve ever made, I have a weird… there’s an amazing following of rabid fans, more than anything I’ve ever done. And I’d say that’s probably my most personal movie. So I’m really grateful and, y’know, maybe we’ll do another one… we’ve had some talks about that. Me and the actors.”
Whether stars Hardy or Edgerton would be game to return, it’s not clear. O’Connor’s “The Accountant” will be released in theaters next Friday.