In the late 90s when SLC Punk hit the stage it put its star Matthew Lillard on the map and became a cult classic. Reports are now in that SLC Punk is hoping to become a sequel.
If the studio really wanted to make a dollar or two off of SLC Punk, they should consider a complete reboot, but instead the original characters from the 1998 James Merendino film are all coming back. You know what’s cool about middle-aged punks? Nothing.
The original film is about two 1980s punks and the wild lives they live while nonconforming to the conservative morals of their Salt Lake City area. Back in the day it opened Sundance Film Festival and went on to score major success, making every must-see list of the 90s.
Reports are in that director James Merendino is looking to recapture the magic of SLC Punk for a film titled Punk’s Dead, which will act as a sequel that takes place in 2003. The film would see all of the surviving punks grown. In his announcement, Merendino goes on to explain:
“I made SLC Punk when I was a kid, and accordingly, the story is naive, and, as just a coming of age story, not finished. The characters are facing big questions, 18 years later, as outsiders, Punk rockers… What relevance do they have in a world where all statements have already been made?”
For us a sequel would absolutely ruin the enlightenment Matthew Lillard’s character has at the end of the film. Alas, the sequel to SLC Punk is quickly on its way to being another one of those films that’s trying to capitalize on its own success a decade or so too late.
The glimmer or curse about this whole project is that its original stars Matthew Lillard, Annabeth Gish, Devon Sawa, Til Schweiger, Chris McDonald, and Michael A. Goorjan are all in talks to return. According to the report we should have a casting confirmation relatively soon, which means we might be looking at a release date pretty soon.
Would you want to check out an SLC Punk sequel?