Unarguably the greatest modern day poker film, Rounders, may be getting the sequel legions of poker players have been hoping and praying for since its release 11 years ago. The film had limited success in theatres, but found its audience among the growing hordes of Texas Hold ‘em junkies riding the waves of the poker boom. Both the film’s writers and stars have expressed an interest in making Rounders 2 a reality.
News site PokerListings.com is reporting two separate conversations they held with lead Matt Damon and co-writer David Levien. “Everybody would probably come back. The actors all had a really good time working together. I know Edward would want to do it; we had a blast working together. [Director] John Dahl I’m sure would like to do it,” said Damon. Although he expressed an interest, he was careful to point out that a good script would be prerequisite to his involvement. “If the two writers suddenly said eureka! We have a great idea, then everyone involved would be interested in exploring it.”
Damon is still a keen poker player and has become a fixture at the Ante Up For Africa charity tournament. The event is organized by poker pro Annie Duke and Hollywood star Don Cheadle to bring aid to the people of Darfur. Since its inception at the 2007 World Series of Poker it has become a focal point for the world media, thanks to the influx of celebrities who arrive to play in the event. During an interview at this year’s tournament he expressed his delight at being the star of a “cult” movie like Rounders.
Poker Listings also had an extensive conversation with writer David Levien, who co-wrote the Rounders screenplay with Brian Koppleman. Their current project has brought them back to the world of gambling, but with an altogether more modern spin. The pair are working on a script about offshore online gambling companies for a movie set to star Leonardo Di Caprio. “Some of the countries where online casinos are based are like the new version of the Wild West, and with so much money on the line there is lots of drama attached,” said Levein.
The writing duo also recently completed the blockbuster Oceans 13 but are still interested in a new Rounders picture. “We’ve been concentrating on Rounders 2 lately; ideas are percolating,” said Levien. “It’s great to know that all of the original players want to come back and do another one.”
Rounders remains incredibly popular within the poker community, but is relatively unknown to anyone confused by the words Flop, Turn, and River in the same sentence. Whether or not a studio would be willing to fund a sequel to such a cult picture remains to be seen. However, with the writers’ box office credentials and an A-list star like Damon on board, an executive could be persuaded to take a chance.