Max Allan Collins Updates the Road to Purgatory

You probbaly didn’t think Tom Hanks could play a cold-blooded Depression-era hitman until you saw 2002’s “Road to Perdition”, the Sam Mendes film based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins. In the sequel to “Perdition”, titled “Road to Purgatory”, Hanks’ son in the story, Michael Collins Jr. returns home from WWII seeking revenge on the same mob bastards that got his dad killed in the first movie. “Purgatory” will also take place 10 years after the events of the first film.

At least, that’s the storyline that Max Allan Collins envisioned when he wrote the script to “Road to Purgatory” a few years back, with every intention of directing it himself. But according to Collins, his directing the project has been dropped, though he believes the film will still get made, only under someone else. Who, he can’t say at the moment.

Collins further tells Movieweb:

Well, I can only tease, I’m afraid. We seem to be right on the brink, or maybe it’s the precipice, I don’t know (Laughs), of a deal being signed. Things have gotten very, very serious and I have, for years, held onto it as a project I would direct, because I have directed five independent films. It does look like, now, that I won’t be directing, but it is my script. That’s the most important thing to me, that the material be faithfully rendered…

We have signed a round of paper but it is not nailed down yet and it looks to be pretty interesting.

Meanwhile, “Road to Perdition” makes its debut on Blu-ray earlier this week. It was one hell of a good looking movie back in 2002, and I suspet the Blu-ray version will make it downright gorgeous to behold. Watching the rain shootout in Blu-ray alone should be worth it.

'Now remember, son, do as I say, not as I do. Goddammit, what did I just say?'