It's Finished! First Picture from 'Before Midnight', the Sequel to 'Before Sunset'

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Midnight
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Midnight

Surprise! While there were rumblings that Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater were in Greece scouting for a location to potentially shoot Before Midnight, the sequel to 2004's Before Sunset starring Hawke and Julie Delpy as star-crossed lovers Jesse and Celine, it turns out they were doing more than scouting.

Hawke told MTV, "We're [in Greece] writing a third installment to Before Sunrise. If it works out, we'll film it, and if it doesn't, we won't. It's not really worth talking about. I'm just here developing." Seems it must have worked out and it definitely seems it's worth talking about.

As you can see in the picture above, there was more than scouting going on as Linklater, Hawke and Delpy finished filming in Messinia, Greece only yesterday.

The plot is not yet known, but a statement was issued by the trio, all three of which collaborated to once again write the script, saying, "It's great to be back together again, this time in beautiful Greece to revisit the lives of Celine and Jesse nine years after Jesse was about to miss his flight."

There really isn't much more to say about the story outside of the state of their relationship following the open-ending to Before Sunset. What we know is the couple(?) is in Greece and the film is set in the year 2013.

As I got off the plane here in Toronto I was told the film may actually show a rough cut or sizzle reel here, but it turns out that's not the case, though Cinetic Media's John Sloss will be handling domestic sales and will be shopping the title around the fest. Warner Bros' specialty arm Warner Independent handled the release of the previous film, which makes it seem a little odd WB hasn't been given first dibs at the third, though they only handled the sequel after Columbia Pictures released Before Sunrise in 1995 while Warner Home Video issued the DVD release.

With Before Sunset being one of my favorite films and Before Sunrise being and excellent piece to the duology, but I am wary of this third film. Were they able to find a satisfying way to move beyond the final moments of the last film? I can't wait to find out.

You can get a larger, full-sized look at the picture above right here, courtesy of Deadline.

  • Mason Williamson

    Woah. Didn't see that coming.

    I don't know. Before Sunset is one of my favorite films as well, but I just don't see how they can improve upon such perfection. The ambiguity of that film's ending is one of the things that makes it so great, as it allows the viewer's own feelings on love and loss to shine forth in their interpretation of what might occur after we fade to black. I can't help but wonder how a third film could do anything but ruin that. But hey, I'm complaining about nothing, because I'll be first in line to see what they've done - with the same trio responsible for the project, there may just be some hope. Fingers crossed.

  • Aleonardis

    This makes me so happy. While I should be trepidatious because my expectations are through the roof, because just like you Brad, Before Sunset is one of my favorites as well, I can't not get excited.

    It was your "Island" article that lead me to the films actually.

  • Gautam

    Great news ... though was initially skeptical on the need for a new film since the previous one had ended at such a beautiful note ... but now that ... this is complete ... it seems like a sumptuous and an irresistible treat !! Or is it ???

    My only concern still remains is .. if this one is not good ... actually it's going to mess the sanctity of Before Sunset ... nd infact sm of it has already started ... the mystique of the its climax is no longer there ... now that we know that Jesse didn't miss the flight... ...

  • Criterion10

    Heard about this earlier today. I really should check out the first two films. I believe I saw parts of Before Sunrise on TV years ago and found it to be interesting.

  • Capn Geech and The Shrimp Shack Shooters

    saw this news and actually emailed Brad right away haha.........holy crap....easily my most anticipated film right now.

  • AS

    I liked the first 2 films but I wasn't crazy about them. I'll check this out when it hits blu ray/VOD.

  • Scott

    I enjoyed Before Sunrise, but sorry, this much time between entries in the series is just depressing. Somehow watching your friends and family age around you isn't that bad, but watching movie stars -- especially playing the same characters -- age is distractingly and terrifyingly shoving your mortality in your face. I doubt I could even concentrate on what their characters are saying. I'd just be thinking, Damn, they're a lot closer to death than in the first movie. The wrinkles. The bags under their eyes.

    The Crystal Skull was depressing for the same reason. Well, for many other reasons, too, but seeing Indiana Jones teetering toward inevitable death kinda took any enjoyment out of that movie from the get-go.

    • Brad Brevet

      The film, like Before Sunset, will likely take their age into account. I'm not sure I understand why this is a problem.

      • Scott

        Not a problem for the movie; just for my personal potential enjoyment of it. Just sayin'.

  • Tom Knoblauch

    Didn't Warner Independent shut down in like 2008? I'd imagine that'd be a roadbump in getting them to distribute it.

    • Brad Brevet

      I think Warner Bros. itself is still doing well. :)

  • BroadwayAtMidnight

    Well I'm guessing one of two scenarios. He missed the flight and then they had a relationship and hate each other and are in Greece as a last resort. Or he left and then miraculously found her again in Greece and they both finally leave their lives for each other. I don't know. I will watch it anyway. The first two are gold though regardless of what happens here. And I know this movie is not going to suck no way those three would make it if that were a possibility.

  • Jordan B.

    Discovered that both Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are available on Prime Instant, so I started watching Before Sunrise in hopes that I could recommend that my girlfriend and I watch them both together. I watched just the first 30 minutes, but needless to say, I'm sold.

  • Andrew13

    Just jumped to the top of my list of most anticipated films for 2013. While I'm also concerned about how successfully 'Midnight' can build on the perfection that was 'Before Sunset,' I'm willing to give the trio the benefit of the doubt, as I'm sure people were just as skeptical of 'Sunset' before that came out.

  • Matt C

    Am I the only one who prefers 'Sunrise' over 'Sunset'? I watched the second film before the first... and I found 'Sunset' an enjoyable if slight film. But 'Sunrise' has that magical simplicity and the movie flows beautifully.

    I hope 'Midnight' is more akin to 'Sunrise' and gives these two characters the happy ending they deserve. (Or at least some kind of satisfying closure.)

  • Ron M

    I can hardly wait. I enjoyed both films since I am a bit of a romantic. I think "Sunrise" and "Sunset" complement each other very well but each can still stand alone as a seprate film. In my opion "Sunrise" was more of a introduction to the charatcers and had more of happy optimistic feel. "Sunset" on the other hand was more mature and realistic. The scene in shuttle when Celine questsions Jesse about why he wrote the book and how it made her feel was intense!!! I'm sure the new film will have some great moments. BRING ON "BEFORE MIDNIGHT"!!!