ROAD TO PERDITION sequel on its way?

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 5th, 2010

God, let's hope so. ROAD TO PERDITION - which just received its release on Blu-ray this week - was by far one of my favorite films of the last decade and surely in my Top 5 of 2002 (back when I didn't have a movie website to post top favorite lists instead resorting to using a Xanga to serve this purpose). Sam Mendes' direction, Tom Hanks' performance, Thomas Newman's score. All top notch. Not to mention the fact that the film featured Paul Newman's last on-screen theatrical performance...an amazing one at that, ending the iconic actor's career and life on a high note.

What some may not realize is that the film was actually based upon a graphic novel from the same name from writers Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner. You may also not be aware that Perdition is the first in a trilogy, with Road to Purgatory being released in 2004 and Road to Paradise the following year. Seems we may potentially see an adaptation of Purgatory soon according to Collins, who told MovieWeb that he had hopes of directing the film himself but will instead only deliver the script for the sequel.

See what he had to say about the wonderful possibilities of a world in which a ROAD TO PURGATORY film exists after the break!

When asked about the status of the film, Collins said

"Well, I can only tease, I'm afraid. We seem to be right on the brink, or maybe it's the precipice, I don't know (Laughs), of a deal being signed. Things have gotten very, very serious and I have, for years, held onto it as a project I would direct, because I have directed five independent films. It does look like, now, that I won't be directing, but it is my script. That's the most important thing to me, that the material be faithfully rendered. That isn't to say that you have to do it absolutely faithfully. There certainly are differences between my graphic novel and Road to Perdition, but the spirit of the story is there. Mendes really got it and understood it and, I think that, in some ways, enhanced it."

When asked about any directors that may be attached, Collins added

"I don't know. We've been approached and the offer seems to be very, very serious. We have signed a round of paper but it is not nailed down yet and it looks to be pretty interesting. I will tell you that this will happen about 10 years after Perdition ends. Michael is 10 years older in Road to Purgatory."

As the author noted, Purgatory sees Sullivan Jr., under the alias Michael Satariano, returning home from WWII and exacting some sweet, sweet revenge on the organized crime members that played a part in his Sullivan Sr. murder. Casting wise Tyler Hoechlin, who played the 15-year-old Michael Sullivan Jr. in PERDITION, is of perfect age now (23) for the young adult version of the character. If you've seen the film, then you know that he would be one of the sole returning characters. If you haven't seen the film, what the hell are you waiting for?

So, what do you think? Who would be ideal to direct if Mendes doesn't return? Spielberg would be a fantastic choice, in my humble opinion. Thoughts?

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  • Gadi

    I enjoyed this James and fully back your claim that this is one of the best films of the last decade. Its easily one of the best period piece films ever done – the Chicago CGI scenes are GREAT. Have to say you left out two big things though. 1. Daniel Craig’s BREAKTHROUGH role in this film, its the reason why he got LAYERCAKE which got him BOND. 2. Conrad Hall’s Cinematography is AMAZING, his usage of water as a motif for death really made the film epic.

    Thanks for this story – can’t wait to see who’ll direct. And yes Spielberg would be great, but how about Fincher instead – he’d make it as dark as the actual graphic novel is.

  • RidgeRacer4

    Wow, this just made my day. Even if it is a long ways off, I'll wait and then some. Never read the graphic novel but I like you adore the film…oh and I hope to God Thomas Newman comes back to score this one too!

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