I honestly never thought we'd see a sequel to the 1998 cult classic SLC Punk. I loved that movie, and I've watched it countless time over the years. It's really rare to see a sequel to an independent film like this get made. I think it's still relevant though, and it could end up being a great movie!
The first movie is set in the 1980s, and it follows the crazy lives of dedicated Punks, Stevo and Heroin Bob, living their lives in conservative Salt Lake City. If you haven't seen it yet, you should!
The director of the film James Merendino recently announced that he’d be making the sequel and that it would be called Punk’s Dead. According to Film School Rejects, the story will explore what happens when the rebellious get older. Here's what Merendino had to say,
I made SLC Punk when I was a kid, and accordingly, the story is naive, and, as just a coming of age story, not finished. The characters are facing big questions, 18 years later, as outsiders, Punk rockers… What relevance do they have in a world where all statements have already been made?
The initial announcement noted that most of the original cast would return, but a source close to the production has confirmed to the site that Matthew Lillard is in talks to return along with Annabeth Gish, Devon Sawa, Til Schweiger, Chris McDonald, and Michael A. Goorjian.
As a fan of the first film, I'm excited to see how this turns out and where these characters all ended up in life. The movie will shoot this August with a possible release date in 2014. I'll be looking forward to it!