Rounders 2 A Reality

December 22, 2010

Over the years, many blockbuster movies have been based on the popular game of poker. Perhaps one of the most defining films that has helped to make the game what it is today is “Rounders” starring Matt Damon (Mike McDermott in the movie) and Ed Norton (character Lester “Worm” Murphy). After more than a decade of speculation regarding a sequel to the movie, it is finally official, and while the cast has not been confirmed, both Damon and Norton are rumored to return in “Rounders 2” with the same director as the first movie, John Dahl. It’s not yet known whether or not John Malkovich (Teddy KGB) and John Turturro (Joey Knish) will be back in the sequel.

Last Thursday, Miramax announce the news: “Miramax and the Weinstein Company today announced an agreement to create sequels to some of Miramax’s best-known properties and to partner on potential new television shows and special edition home entertainment products. The first films to be produced under the agreement will be sequels to ‘Bad Santa,’ ‘Rounders,’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love.’”

Other potential future projects from Miramax were also suggested and include “Swingers,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “Clerks,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” and others.

“We are very close to these films and the new management of Miramax also feels that we are in the best position to create sequels that are at once worthy and compelling in their own right,” commented Harvey and Bob Weinstein in a joint statement.

The poker community has long awaited a new poker movie that’s worthy of watching over and over again, as there really hasn’t been one since “Rounders,” although one of the best installments to the James Bond series, “Casino Royale,” did have a few intense and worthwhile poker scenes in it.

The bottom line is that the return of the reckless and extreme but powerful duo “Rounders 2” will be well accepted by poker fans.


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