Deadline.com is reporting that writer/director Richard Linklater (‘Dazed And Confused’, ‘School Of Rock’) has completed filming on ‘Before Midnight’. The film marks the third installment of Linklater’s ‘Before…’ series, as well as his fourth collaboration with actors/co-writers Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
Filmed quickly, and very much under the radar, the sequel was filmed on location in Messina, Greece, continuing the series’ tradition of taking place in foreign and exotic locations. The reasons for the rushed production may have something to do with the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. Post production on the film won’t be complete (filming was completed just two days ago), but the rights to the film will be up for sale at the festival.
The series began with 1994’s ‘Before Sunrise’, which told the story of Jesse (Hawke), an American vacationing in Europe whom, after making an instant connection with Celine (Delpy), a Parisian heading home to go to school, on a train to Vienna, takes a chance and asks her to join him on his one and only night in Vienna before his plane leaves for America the next morning. The film then follows them as they spend roughly 12 hours walking around the city of Vienna as they talk, flirt and slowly begin to fall for each other. It ends on an anticlimactic note, as they promise to meet up six months later in Vienna.
2004’s ‘Before Sunset’ picks up nine years later as Jesse is touring Paris on a book tour (he’s written a novel mirroring the events from the first film), and comes across Celine in her native city. The film follows much the same structure as the first movie, with the added elements of a much shorter time crunch (Jesse has to catch a plane in ninety minutes, roughly the length of the film) and the addition of nine years and all the heartbreak and maturity that comes with almost a decade of growth. This entry ends on an even larger cliffhanger as Jesse is in danger of missing his plane.
Which brings us to this newest installment. The plot is not known, but the co-stars remarked “It’s great to be back together again, this time in beautiful Greece to revisit the lives of Celine and Jesse nine years after Jesse was about to miss his flight.”
The first film was written by Linklater but was also ghost co-authored by the stars. For the sequel, they took a co-writers credit, and all three were awarded with an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay.
No release date has been announced yet, but with filming completed, festivals on the way and Oscar season rapidly approaching, it’s a safe bet we’ll be seeing the further adventures of Jesse and Celine sooner, rather than later.