The long-awaited sequel to iconic poker movie Rounders is now officially a go, Deadline Hollywood reported this morning.
A new deal bringing renowned Hollywood producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein back to Miramax has freed up "creative properties in the library," meaning Rounders 2 is an "instantaneous" go according to Harvey:
Card Game in Paris, De Niro Supervillain
“I’ve discussed making Rounders 2 with Matt Damon and I would say that’s going to be instantaneous,” Weinstein said.
“The guys [writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman] have a great idea, a way to make it more international where you start the card game in Paris, that’s all I want to say.
"There might be a certain beautiful Parisian actress involved in it, and then we’re off to the racetrack and Vegas with Matty and Edward Norton, and a new supervillain to replace John Malkovich.”
According to Deadline Weinstein is trying to enlist Robert De Niro for the supervillain role.
Both Damon and Norton had confirmed previously they were happy to reprise their roles as law student-turned poker pro Mike McDermott and his less-than-noble pal Worm.
Among the other projects to get the go ahead are a sequel to Shakespeare In Love and "series transfers" of Good Will Hunting and Flirting With Disaster.