Shooting recently wrapped on "Before Midnight," the third entry in Richard Linklater's series that started with "Before Sunrise" back in 1995. Given the setup, it seems possible that Linklater would return to check in on Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) every decade, but, according to Hawke himself, "Before Midnight" may be the last film in the series.
While doing press for the upcoming "Sinister," Hawke discussed the upcoming sequel and indicated that he is very pleased with how the movie turned out before hinting that they "may have come to the end of the story." When pressed if it would really be the last one, Hawke hesitated a bit, saying "you never know," but still insisted that "it feels like the story is reaching its conclusion."
Hawke's comments are intriguing and are sure to fuel speculation; how, exactly, can you end a story that involves two people who are seemingly fated to be together? I'm very curious to see where "Before Midnight" has taken these characters since they were left in quite a predicament at the end of the previous film, as Jesse decided to stay in France with Celine despite being married.
The actor also discussed the collaborative process employed in making these films. Describing it as "organic," he says that he, Delpy, and Linklater "figure out an outline of where the characters are right now and an outline of what the movie would be" before going off to write a script on their own. They then reconvene and "take the greatest hits of everybody's work."
"Before Midnight" still needs a distributor after wrapping up a production that was about as covert as it comes in this day and age. While rumors surfaced that Hawke, Delpy, and Linklater were in Greece to possibly shoot the sequel, it turns out that they were all but finished by the time anyone caught wind of it.
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