NEW YORK--Richard Linklater wasn’t so sure there needed to be a second film in his “Before” series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. But he feels pretty good about a third entry, “Before Midnight,” which fans will be happy to know he’s finished shooting and will now set about editing.
The director, who has just returned from the film’s below-the-radar Greece shoot, said that the ending of the previous installment made this one a natural.
"With 'Before Sunset' I felt like me, Ethan and Julie were the only ones who really wanted it,” the director told The Times at an award-season event here this week for his recent black comedy "Bernie." “But given how 'Before Sunset' ended, a lot of people would come up to me and ask about what happens next."
The original “Before Sunrise” was an art-house hit in 1995, a key text in the slacker subgenre that has Hawke’s Jesse and Delpy’s Celine meeting on a train, then walking and talking around Vienna over the course of a 24-hour period.
Nine years later Linklater followed with "Before Sunset," in which the pair reunite for the first time in Paris as early thirtysomethings. Jesse, a novelist, is now married with a child, while Celine is an environmentalist in a troubled long-term relationship. The film ending leaves open what happens next.