Rounders 2 Movie Scheduled For 2012 ReleaseDecember 20, 2010 1:09 pm
Poker enthusiasts and movie buffs would have been delighted to hear the news last week that the sequel to cult poker movie Rounders is now in the developmental stage and is scheduled to be released by 2012.
Miramax Films announced the exciting news last Thursday and said:
“Miramax and the Weinstein Company today announced an agreement to create sequels to some of Miramax’s best-known properties and to partner on potential new television shows and special edition home entertainment products. The first films to be produced under the agreement will be sequels to ‘Bad Santa,’ ‘Rounders,’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love.’”
The original Rounders movie was released in 1998 and featured Matt Damon and Edward Norton. It is also widely credited with helping spark the poker boom, with no other poker movie made since coming close to matching it in terms of quality or influence.
The list of poker films which have subsequently been released and failed to capture the public’s imagination include Lucky You and The Grand. The James Bond film Casino Royale also left poker fans unimpressed with the poker scenes, which included such bad table etiquette as pot splashing and slow-rolling, both highly frowned upon in the poker community.
Rounders 2 will now hopefully prove a worthy and compelling sequel to the original and already rumours have started circulating as to which actors will be starring in the movie.
According to IMDB, Rounders is scheduled to hit cinemas in 2012 and both Matt “Mike McDermott” Damon and Ed “Lester “Worm” Murphy” Norton are expected to revive their previous roles. The great story line together with the actors obvious on-set chemistry helped seal Rounders’ place in cinematic history, with Norton commenting on his co-star Damon, by saying that he was:
“Just a stone-cold good actor. I don’t want to say facile, what’s the positive word for facile? He’s incredibly agile. You can go over here or over there, and he’s right with you.”
For now, however, it is not known whether John Malkovich or John Turturro will return for Rounders 2, but more details are sure to emerge over the next weeks and months.