Back when The Departed won a whole bunch of Oscars, folks immediately began talking sequel (because every successful film deserves at least one sequel, right?). There were some ideas tossed around -- including the sequel focusing on Mark Wahlberg's character, with Robert DeNiro potentially playing a corrupt Senator -- but eventually all the chatter just stopped, and there hasn't been much since then. In a recent interview with Collider, Departed writer William Monaghan briefly revisited The Departed sequel talk, stressing that the ball is squarely in Warner Brothers' court ... and chances of them taking it on don't seem that great right now.
Still, though, Monaghan says his idea makes it so everyone from the first film can return, despite the fact that a lot of those characters died. He says, "My idea actually is to set the film before, during and after the action of the first film, which I think would be extraordinary. If those guys want to cough up the dough, we can do it any time." Monaghan went on to describe how, exactly, it all fits together so that it makes sense. "Essentially, in the middle section of the thing I’ve intended, you’d see actions that take place during the original Departed, but aren’t on screen in the original Departed. There would be off-screen things that occur at that point in the story. But it would work seamlessly as a movie of its own."
It sounds sort of like the Broadway show Wicked; how it takes place prior to the events of The Wizard of Oz, but then works through the story we already know by showing events that took place during the same time, but weren't a part of The Wizard of Oz. It'd be a fun way to connect the two films if it ever happened. And that's a big if. Keep in mind the film The Departed was based on, Infernal Affairs, had two sequels -- one a prequel, and one a straight sequel -- so it wouldn't be out of left field to see the same thing happen here. Problems would arise, however, when it comes to bringing that whole cast back together.
Monaghan adds, "I think Warner Bros. would have liked to see a synopsis of it. I don’t do synopses and I don’t pitch. Personally, I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen. I know the film, I’ve got the film in my head. Even if everybody didn’t come back, which they could in the film as I’ve configured it, it would be a hell of a paycheck for somebody to write. The film would have to be absolutely superb."
What do you think? Should they make another Departed?