Nicolas Refn Says No to Drive Sequel, But Perhaps a Drive Spin-off?

Driven Novel CoverIf you were one of those people excited for a possible sequel to 2011’s ultra cool hit “Drive”, then you weren’t the only one. The film was a hit with audiences and critics, and really made Refn a name to watch Stateside. His latest is “Only God Forgives”, a Muay Thai action/crime movie set in Thailand that also stars his “Drive” leading man Ryan Gosling. But after that, perhaps a return to the neon glitz of L.A.?

Maybe, maybe not.

As you’ll recall, “Drive” author James Sallis has written a sequel to the first book called “Driven”. It picks up with Driver well after the L.A. incident, with a new batch of bad guys in our hero’s crosshairs after they kill the woman he loves. “Driven” is a direct sequel to “Drive”, so it stands to reason it would make a great sequel for Refn and Gosling. Not so much, according to Refn.

The Dutch director recently told The Evening Standard (via The Playlist) about the possibility of making a sequel to “Drive”:

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.

Well, that’s disappointing. Of course, just because Refn says no to “Driven”, it doesn’t mean it won’t get made. Of course, whether anyone else can convince Gosling to return without Refn is open to debate. “Driven” could possibly be decent without Refn behind the camera, but it’s a non-starter without Gosling in front of it.

But in any case, the idea of Driver showing up in another movie that isn’t a direct sequel to “Drive” is intriguing. Maybe he could be like Nick Fury in the Marvel films, just showing up in future Nicholas Winding Refn movies just for the heck of it. That would be kind cool, if pointless.

Ryan Gosling in Drive (2011) Movie Image