The long awaited “Boondock Saints III” is finally happening with Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery set to return to the action franchise…
More than 20 years after the original film was released, “Boondock Saints III” will finally go into production in early 2022.
The third film in the series will reunite stars Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery with writer and director Troy Duffy after they first teamed together back in 1999 for “The Boondock Saints,” which was a bust at the box office before later becoming a cult classic after being released on video and DVD.
The series follows Irish brothers Connor and Murphy MacManus after they decide to become vigilantes in their native Boston while seeking to stamp out criminal activity in the city by any means necessary — and it usually involves guns and a whole lot of bullets.
The success of “The Boondock Saints” eventually led to a sequel being released in 2009 titled “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day,” which brought back the brothers along with many of the other characters from the first film including a police detective played by Willem Defoe.
“The fans have loved these characters for 20 years,” Duffy said when speaking to Deadline. “They use terms of endearment like ‘the Brothers’ or ‘the Boys.’ We left them in jail at the end of Boondock 2 and fans want to know what happened to them. Norman and Sean have been a driving force to keep this franchise on track and break some new ground story-wise.
“The fans have been waiting. They literally ask about it daily, and I am really excited to be working with Impossible Dream to make Boondock III a reality.”
Production on “Boondock Saints III” is expected to start next May during a window of time when Reedus will be taking a break from “The Walking Dead” while Flanery will be finished shooting “The Boys.”
Duffy revealed a few details surrounding the plot, which included a lot of input from Reedus and Flanery, after they previously split with the project several years ago over creative differences.
“Where we’re going is, the brothers are older,” Duffy said. “They are coming out into a brand new world that is not like the one they left. They are at odds. One wants to continue, the other doesn’t. There’s a new enemy out there, not like the traditional ones they’ve faced. That’s the thing that is timely about this one. I asked the fan based once, who would you most like to see Connor and Murphy kill? There were like 4500 answers, and some were Biblical; people just don’t give you one word answers. The number one answer was, politicians. I wrote a scene right now where one of them says, are you f*cking kidding? You can’t kill a politician and the other saying, are you kidding me? They’re the ones doing it. It turns out one guy is doing it much worse than everyone else.
“Without getting too deep into the story, what it is is, two boys coming out of prison after staying there much longer than expected, to a brand new world. They’re at odds on whether to push forward. But the type of people we face today in our society, is unlike any we’ve faced before. And that brings them together and they say, we cannot turn our backs on this.”
The hope with the return for “Boondock Saints III’ is that the action franchise could eventually turn into a “John Wick” style universe but that remains to be seen if it will happen or not.
For now, get ready for the MacManus brothers to return in “Boondock Saints III.”