The often talked about sequel for Rounders has finally caught some traction. The Weinstein Company and Miramax have agreed to a deal that would bolster much of Miramax's past film properties and allow for the creation of sequels, most notably Rounders.
For those unfamiliar with the film, it stars both Matt Damon and Edward Norton as two buddies who set upon a precarious path that leads to the biggest high-stakes poker game of their collective lives. Rounders takes an engrossing look at the underground world of Texas Hold'em poker and it's embittered effects on friendship, trust, love, and ambition.
I am often dubious of film studios that attempt to recreate some box office magic with a cult-level film, which has a certain standalone quality. Going back to the well has resulted in some laughably, lackluster sequels, most recently, The Boondock Saints II.
But for some inexplicable reason, I believe Rounders has legitimacy as a sequel. This statement is contingent upon keeping the original cast intact, which means The Weinstein Company is going to have to work its magic to lure back Damon and Norton. If the Weinstein Brothers succeed, I can honestly say that I will eagerly anticipate this sequel.
Rounders Sequel has the Green Light
*Above is one of my favorite scenes from Rounders. Mike McDermott (played by Matt Damon) finally beats KGB (played by John Malkovich). Many of my friends love to endlessly quote this scene. Malkovich's accent is great.