Hans here with some good news to anyone like me who thought Rounders was underseen, undervalued and a flat out gem of a movie: they might be making another one.
Pokerlistings.com recently held some interviews with Matt Damon and Rounders co-writer David Levien where Levien said that he and writing partner Brian Koppelman have been concentrating on a second go-round. Damon was enthusiastic about the idea of a sequel, saying that he had a blast on the first film and that “everybody would probably come back.”
If you are one of the unfortunate souls not to have seen the first film, it kind of predated and possibly assisted the poker phenomenon of the early 2000s, telling the story of a young card shark (Damon) and his reckless friend (Edward Norton) who get in trouble with loan sharks and have to use their gambling talent to pay off their debt. But that ain’t the half of it. The movie sports one of the juiciest screenplays ever, with seedy details about the New York poker world and its quirky patrons splashed across the canvas. Toss in a cast of perennially fine standbys like John Malkovich, John Turturro and Martin Landau and you have a born classic.
I loved the first film, but sequel didn’t jump out at me when it was over. It always felt too austere to really accommodate that treatment, but it isn’t so dark that sequel becomes an impossibility. I won’t ruin the ending for anyone, but it doesn’t exactly finish on a note where you think these guys are likely to continue their adventures in another installment. But Koppelman and Levien are extremely talented (they have Ocean’s Thirteen and the underseen Knockaround Guys, which they also directed, to their credit) and I would be interested to see what they could do with another film…that is, if they could get some of the same people back.