Last month, director Richard Linklater finished filming on Before Midnight, a sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset in Greece.
Before the announcement that filming had wrapped, Linklater kept the production of the film a secret from news outlets. Now that the film is finished, Linklater revealed some details about the production with Vulture. He said the effort to not announce the film “wasn’t really that conscious,” as financing had not been fully arranged. “We sort of had a window and were like ‘Okay, let’s go for it this summer,’” said Linklater.
The decision to revisit the story came from Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. “We spent all the years not thinking about it because it seemed too soon, and then we realized something was stirring in all of us, enough time has gone on, enough life has been lived,” Linklater explained. “I kind of gauge where they’re at, and then we just all get together.”
Before Midnight was shot in Greece, but Linklater says the location could have been anywhere. “But there’s something I like about the ancient qualities of Greece,” said Linklater. “It’s so old, it kind of resonates just by being there, in a way.”
The film is currently in post-production and Linklater says it could potentially be shown next year, but there is not a distributor on board yet. When asked if there would be a fourth installment to the series, he exclaimed, “After the second, I didn’t know anyone would want a third!”