On the one hand it isn’t surprising, creator/director Troy Duffy has been working on getting a third Boondock Saints movie off the drawing board and into production for years. Now word is making the Internet rounds that Duffy has decided to take the franchise into a different direction, a prequel television series.
The first film developed a cult following in the DVD after theater market. Both films didn’t fair well at the original theater screenings. The first only showed on 5 theaters garnering $30 thousand dollars on a reported $6 million dollar budget. What followed though is one of those unpredictable Hollywood type twists. During the Blockbuster Era of home video and DVD rentals, people fell in love with this film. That’s the only way you can explain that the Boondock Saints has sold over $17 million dollars worth of DVD and Home videos. Throw in another $4 million for Blue Ray and you’ve got a solid after market movie.
You see those solid Boondock Saints fans have continued to buy new copies as technology has improved, from VHS to DVD to Blue Ray. That is what has kept hope alive for the franchise.
The first sequel took nine years so it was just about time for us to start hearing some serious talk about the third film. We’d heard that Duffy wanted to explore the origins of the two MacManus brothers.
For years I’ve been obsessed with telling a real origin story with Boondock, and IM Global TV has stepped up. Television is the perfect medium to explore these controversial characters on a much deeper level and to bring Boondock Saints to a whole new audience.
Now if the series is going to explore the younger brothers, then one would expect that Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flannery wouldn’t star in the new series, but don’t count out some flash forward or set up scenes with the pair. Word is that both are in talks to co-produce the new series. Could we see Reedus behind the camera directing an episode?
Where everything stands at the moment is that IM Global Television bought the Boondock Saints rights, Creator Duffy is on board to write and direct the first episode, as well as executive produce the series. The search for a showrunner for the series is underway. While the series doesn’t have a home network yet, you can expect IM Global Television to really push hard as Boondock Saints is one of their first series production.