That said, the author of the original book, James Sallis, released a follow-up novel (entitled Driven) earlier in the year, and with the critical acclaim that bombarded the Ryan Gosling and co. upon the film's release in 2011, the idea of Drive 2 probably makes an awful lot of sense among the money-men and studio honchos.
Quick to debunk this idea, however, was the man in charge, Nicolas Winding Refn. Though it is interesting to note that while he rules out Drive 2/Driven, he leaves the door ajar for Ryan Gosling's near-mute Driver to feature in other projects. In a recent interview, the Danish-born director insisted "That's 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."
Winding Refn is currently collaborating with Gosling on his next feature, the Bangkok-set crime-thriller Only God Forgives, and the heart-throb star is gearing up for his own directorial debut (entitled How To Catch A Monster) starring Drive co-star Christina Hendricks.
Is The Driver a character with cross-over appeal? Will he be appearing in a Winding Refn-directed The Avengers 3? Should I ask more pertinent questions? Probably.
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