Gary Oldman Teases 'Darkest Hour' Sequel and a Winston Churchill Play

Gary Oldman Teases 'Darkest Hour' Sequel and a Winston Churchill Play

Feb 26, 2018

Darkest Hour

Many Oscar nominees for Best Picture have spawned sequels, including The GodfatherStar WarsChinatown and The Silence of the Lambs, but shockingly the idea hasn't occurred to Hollywood much in years. Besides the pre-planned trio of the Lord of the Rings movies and the plans for follow-ups to Avatar and Toy Story 3, the last one to get a sequel might be Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. So it's particularly interesting that at least three of this year's Best Picture contenders are being considered for part twos. 

Call Me By Your Name has inspired sequel discussions since at least its Sundance premiere in early 2017, and director Luca Guadagnino has since acknowledged a script is in the works for a follow-up set in the late '80s. Jordan Peele has also admitted in interviews that he has thought about doing a Get Out sequel. Now we're hearing that Darkest Hour could spawn another movie starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and/or a stage play, which also would have the Best Actor nominee reprising the role.  

Oldman himself is the source of this news. The Hollywood Reporter just shared a transcript of a Q&A at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & TV earlier this month, and this is what he said of returning to the big screen in the role that will likely get him his first Oscar this Sunday:

I guess there could be [a sequel], there could be. Because at the end of the war, there’s the summit [at Yalta] with Stalin and [Roosevelt]...You know, we might. And we’d get someone. Roosevelt’s a great character, he’s on his way out there isn’t he?... So maybe. But I need a break from the makeup chair.

Even if you're not familiar with the purpose of the Yalta Conference, you've likely seen the famous photos of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, aka "The Big Three" (see one above). This was the early 1945 event when the three Allied heads of state met to discuss reorganization of Europe once World War II was over. Surprisingly, the event doesn't seem to have been depicted before, though there was a TV movie about the earlier Tehran Conference with Bob Hoskins as Churchill, Michael Caine as Stalin and John Lithgow, who recently received his own acclaim for playing Churchill on the series The Crown, as FDR. 

Whether or not the movie sequel happens -- and it's unclear if director Joe Wright would again be involved -- Oldman appears even more likely to do a stage adaption of Churchill's short story The Dream. Here's what he had to say about that project:

It’s a short story by Winston Churchill. Not really recognized in the canon, you know, in the big works...It’s [about] the ghost of his father, Randolph, who visits him in his studio at Chartwell. It’s two people, not an expensive thing to do. They [the Churchill family] are happy, they’ve given their sort of -- the family are who have embraced this film and the portrayal, and so they’ve sort of given their blessing to it. So it might be something I’ll try and get on its feet. 

Perhaps if that's a success, it too could wind up going in front of the camera and we could have a sort of Darkest Hour trilogy. There's certainly an audience for more productions with Oldman as Churchill. In addition to him being a frontrunner for Best Actor and the movie being nominated for Best Picture, Darkest Hour is up for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. And the movie has grossed $136 million worldwide. 

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