Bad news for Drive fans (or, well, what really should be taken as good news): the 2011 neo-noir drama starring Ryan Gosling will not be receiving a sequel according to a recent interview with director Nicholas Winding Refn. "That is never going to happen," he told The Evening Standard. "But the character of The Driver might return in another film. We're playing with that idea. We'll see what happens." The news flies in the face of Drive author James Sallis' comments over the summer that his book sequel Driven was being developed into a movie. "[The Driver] is trying to suppress the violence – but the sequel shows the process of him accepting that this is who he is," Sallis explained to The Independent. "He tries to become a normal person and re-invents himself. After his fiancée is killed, the violence is unleashed again." But what of The Driver appearing in an unrelated film? I'm going to say don't hold your breath on that one. Refn made similar comments about Mads Mikkelsen's One Eye from Valhalla Rising.
But don't fret. The Gosling-Refn duo will be back together next year for the release of Only God Forgives. The film follows Gosling as Julian, a man who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, as he is forced by his mother Jenna (Kristin Scott Thomas) to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.