When I talked to Sean Patrick Flanery in 2008 in conjunction with the release of “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” on DVD, I made a point of asking him about the long-rumored sequel to his classic cult film, “Boondock Saints.” This was his teasing response:
“Well, the rumor is…well, I’m not officially supposed to say anything, because Sony doesn’t…they want to make their own announcement, so I’ll let them. But, uh, I think just me saying that they’re going to be making an announcement kinda gives you your answer!”
So it did. And now, a year and a half after that conversation, we’re finally going to see “Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” hit theaters in limited release on October 30th.
But, hey, why wait? Here are the first five minutes of the film to whet your appetite:
After 10 years, countless delays, and one documentary detailing its writer/director’s legendary rise and fall in Hollywood, The Boondock Saints is finally getting a sequel. Improbably, Troy Duffy is back behind the cameras — and most of his original cast has returned — for a second installment, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, scheduled to reach theaters October 30. The official synopsis sums it up as follows:
The film is the continuation of writer/director Troy Duffy’s tough, stylized cutting edge saga of the MacManus brothers (Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery). The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins Jr., “Star Trek”) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz, TV’s “Dexter”) hot on their trail…the Saints are back!
Sound interesting? Well, you don’t have to wait until the end of October to get your first look, because Sony has released a trailer for your enjoyment. Welcome back, MacManuses!
In the midst of our discussion with Lance Henriksen, I unabashedly called him out for having carved himself a career as a “that guy” in Hollywood. You know what I mean. He was part of the supporting cast of the original “Terminator” flick, he played Bishop in two “Alien” movies (and even turned up in one of the “Aliens vs. Predator” films), and he played Frank Black…not the one who fronts the Pixies but, rather, the lead character in “Millennium.” And, yet, when I told people I was talking to Lance Henriksen, only a handful knew who I was talking about before I started numbering off the items on his resume…and as soon as I did, they immediately said, “Oh, right: that guy!” On a related note, if you’re a fan of “Screamers,” then you might already be aware that there’s a sequel to the flick – “Screamers: The Hunting” – that’s on video store shelves at this very moment, so when you see Mr. Henriksen’s name on the cover, try to remember this discussion, so you don’t have to wait until he appears on screen to say…well, you know.
Bullz-Eye was fortunate enough to score the opportunity to talk to Henriksen on the occasion of “Screamers: The Hunting” hitting video, and in addition to asking about his experiences on the film, we also did the requisite quizzing about his latest projects (did you catch him on “NCIS”?), his work on “Millennium” and the chances of seeing any new adventures of Frank Black, what it’s like to be under the direction of James Cameron, and how he came to appear in – of all things – a Brazilian soap opera.
Sit back and stay tuned for…
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