‘Departed’ sequel sorta, kinda, maybe mooted

Posted by · 1:20 pm · November 14th, 2008

As far as these sort of rumours go, it’s not completely fabricated, but it’s hardly solid either. Still, Mark Wahlberg (perhaps looking towards brighter things than “Max Payne”) has been dropping vague hints concerning a potential follow-up to 2006’s Best Picture. The Guardian tells it like this:

“They were talking about bringing in a couple of new guys like [Robert] De Niro, maybe Brad Pitt or someone like that playing the bad guy, a corrupt politician or something,” Wahlberg told Digital Spy. “Then, like the Hong Kong trilogy that the movie is based on, come back and do a prequel and bring everyone else back who was in the first.”

Indeed, “Infernal Affairs,” the Hong Kong thriller from which Scorsese’s film was adapted, inspired both a prequel and sequel, so it’s hardly an outrageous notion. Wahlberg did add that he’d only be on board “if we can make it better than the first,” which is a pretty tall order. I won’t start holding my breath just yet, but it sure sounds like a fun idea.




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  • 1 11-14-2008 at 1:34 pm

    michael mckay said...

    Intriguing, but probably not a good idea. Scorsese would have to be at the helm, and the screenplay(s) would have to be rock solid. Otherwise, better to leave well enough alone.

  • 2 11-14-2008 at 1:53 pm

    Zan said...

    If Wahlberg’s the lead in it, it will probably be a disaster.

  • 3 11-14-2008 at 2:21 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    Wasn’t the entire Infernal Affairs trilogy adapted into the Departed? I know that the first IA was adapted the most with bits and pieces of II and III coming through in the Departed.

  • 4 11-14-2008 at 2:29 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    “Then, like the Hong Kong trilogy that the movie is based on, come back and do a prequel and bring everyone else back who was in the first.”

    The only problem I find with this is that Infernal Affairs trilogy had Chan and Ming in their undercover roles for almost a decade unlike in the Departed. The biggest problem is with Nicholson’s character arc. In the Departed, he is truly a bad guy through and through. In Infernal Affairs II, Nicholson’s IA counterpart, Sam, never became a bad guy until he became the last crime boss. Sam and Wong (Sheen’s counterpart in IA) used to be friends as seen at the beginning of IAII.

  • 5 11-15-2008 at 7:38 am

    John Foote said...

    Let it go gang…it will never surpass the first and Wahlberg does not have the talent to carry a film…that has been proven.