Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylish and tense film Drive won over critics and cinephiles last year, and the industry cried foul when the movie and its star Ryan Gosling were snubbed at the Academy Awards. Gosling could have another shot at Oscar gold if his character, who was simply named the Driver, gets a new movie.
According to The Guardian, Winding Refn claims that he isn’t interested in making a sequel to Drive, but he is considering spin-offs for the film’s protagonist. On rumors of a Drive sequel, Winding Refn told The Evening Standard, “That is never going to happen. But the character of the Driver might return in another film. We’re playing with that idea. We’ll see what happens.”
Despite the director’s adamant claims that a sequel won’t happen onscreen, the author of the novella on which the film was based, James Sallis, has published a sequel titled Driven.
Gosling and Winding Refn appear to already have a strong working relationship, since they are collaborating on two upcoming films. It is rumored that their film Only God Forgives will premiere in Rome next month. The pair is also working on a remake of the sci-fi classic Logan’s Run. Based on the recurring relationship between the director and star, another collaboration featuring the Driver doesn’t seem unlikely.
Gosling himelf will inhabit the director’s chair soon. The actor will soon begin filming How to Catch a Monster, his directorial debut, which will feature Christina Hendricks, who also starred in Drive.