Harvey Weinstein Really Wants To Make A Rounders 2
When Rounders was first released in 1998, it didn't make much of a splash. Grossing $22 million on a $12 million budget, the movie turned a profit, but wasn't a hit by any means. In the years since, however, in large part due to the World Series of Poker getting high ratings on ESPN, the film has reached cult status and has earned millions on home video. We've been hearing about a possible sequel for years without any real action, but Harvey Weinstein is keeping the hope alive.
THR was present at the Produced By Conference this past Saturday where the famed producer teleconferenced in and expressed his interest in revisiting the John Dahl film, which starred Matt Damon and Edward Norton. Weinstein was there to talk about the rise of video on demand and internet markets for film when the subject of the film came up. According to his figures, Rounders has made a total of $70 million in profits. Said Weinstein of the film, "The video has gotten such awareness. I never make sequels but it’s something I’d like to revisit." Back in December it was reported that in addition to a Rounders 2, Miramax and the Weinsteins (Harvey and his brother Bob) were developing follow-ups to Bad Santa, Shakespeare in Love, Swingers, Clerks, Bridget Jones' Diary and more.
In a world filled with absolutely useless sequels, I wouldn't necessarily be against a Rounders 2. The end of the film, which features Damon going to Las Vegas in order to become a professional poker player, leaves the door wide open for possibilities and while it obviously have to be set more than a decade after the events of the first movie (Damon still looks young, but not that young) it is doable. The only thing that would be a stretch is if Worm, played by Norton, is worked into the plot: that guy is such a stupid, arrogant asshole I can't imagine that he would still be alive this many years later.
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