Rounders 2 Movie Delayed Until 2014January 18, 2012 3:05 pm
At the end of 2010, card enthusiasts were thrilled to hear that a sequel to the cult poker movie Rounders (1998) had been agreed and was scheduled for a 2012 release date.
Thirteen months later and the collaboration between Miramax, which produced the original movie, and The Weinstein Company has yet to get off the ground. At the time, movie producer and co-founder of Mirimax, Harvey Weinstein said:
“I’m entertaining the idea of doing a ‘Rounders’ sequel because there’s a side of the story that we haven’t told. I want to do it because there’s something that we didn’t say.”
Interestingly enough, ‘Rounders’ ended with protagonist Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) heading off to compete in the World Series of Poker, but where the sequel picks-up remains a secret.
Since announcing the sequel, however, Weinstein has expressed concern over the declining state of the DVD market and the need to now make theatrical style movies which translate well to the big screen.Rounders 2, therefore, presents a challenge to Harvey Weinstein, who indicated he was concerned that the original Rounders only grossed $23 million at cinemas when it was released and only proved a hit later on in ancillary markets.
Not backing away from the project, Weinstein instead emphasised the need to get Rounders 2 just right, and added:
“It’s become much more of a theatrical business because the movie has to work in theaters. There’s no second chance..I never make sequels but it’s something I’d like to revisit.”
Despite originally showing a release date of 2012, Rounders 2 is currently scheduled to hit the screens in 2014, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
In the meantime, both Matt “Mike McDermott” Damon and Ed “Lester Murphy” Norton have expressed interest in starring in the sequel, although it is unclear whether John Malkovich or John Turturro will reappear to revive their previous roles.