Renowned Franco-American actor and director Julie delpy rose to fame in 1995 with Richard Linklater’s romantic drama Before sunrise. Co-starring with Ethan Hawke in the lead role, the film was about two strangers who meet on a train in Europe and form a deep bond while spending a day together. The minimalist, monologue-heavy film that takes place over the course of a day is considered one of the greatest films ever made.
Its success led to two sequelae, Before sunset and Before midnight, both separated for nine years in real and real life. A fourth film was in the works last year, but Delpy was not interested. However, she had her reasons. A failure to run her film and thoughts of retirement were the main factors behind her decision not to star in Linklater’s film. In an interview with the French magazine Télérama, Delpy spoke of his retirement and his frustration with obtaining funds for his directing projects.
“I think about it often. A year and a half ago, I was not far from it. The hell I went through to produce my film My Zoe had exhausted me. I said no to Richard Linklater for the fourth part of the Before cinema. I thought maybe I could go back to school. I would make a very good doctor, for example. You give me three symptoms, and I tell you what you are suffering from … But I like to create, to tell stories; it’s stronger than me.”
My Zoe deals with the subject of toxic marriage and motherhood and received mostly positive reviews upon release. Delpy has been thinking about retirement but that won’t happen until she does a passion project, A dazzling display of splendor. The film has Game of thrones the former Emilia Clarke attached to the star, but Delpy still struggles to get the film off the ground. Here is what Delpy said about his fight, “I have a wonderful script, A dazzling display of splendor, about the pioneers of Hollywood. One of the best I have written. A talented and well-known English actress, Emilia Clarke, is attached to the project. And yet, I still struggle. Nonstop. I have so many films in my drawers that will never be shot, if you only knew! I’m fed up.”
If somehow Delpy manages to make his next film this year, then changes his mind about retirement, a fourth Before the film still won’t be released until at least 2023. Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke are both very busy right now. Additionally, the pandemic has toppled the film industry, and if Linklater, a fellow theatrical experience advocate decides to make the film, it will likely have to be on a streaming platform.
Hawke, who co-wrote the last two Before movies with Richard Linklater and Delpy, is currently filming the Marvel movie Moon knight. He also plays in The man of the North alongside Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman. The man of the North is a Viking Shakespearean saga directed by Robert Eggers (Lighthouse and The witch) and will be released in April 2022. Here’s what Hawke told IndieWire last year about the status of the Before trilogy.
“If the first three were all nine years apart, the fourth wouldn’t follow that path. Linklater would want a different path, a short film set four years later. Before midnight or a feature two decades in the future. We are thinking about it. These are the three best experiences of my life: Before sunrise, Before sunset, and Before midnight. They are part of me. So the idea of revisiting it, I should believe we could do something as well. These movies worked because the three of us made the exact same movie every time. When people do sequels just to be together … like Burt Reynolds just did sequels to party with those friends. They could win a million Cannonball movies. You could tell they were having a good time. I don’t know if the audience was. We love to work and be together, but we have to make sure we have something to say. “
Let’s continue to hope that the trio will get along and Before 4 will. This news comes to us from Indiewire.