A fourth edition of the Before franchise never was planned. According to Julie Delpy, she and author-director Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke couldn’t ‘come up with a coherent idea’ for the storyline.
Amid claims that Julie Delpy had rejected the fourth movie in the acclaimed Before franchise, the actor-filmmaker claimed her comments had been misconstrued since the sequel was never in the works.
Delpy had already shown interest in retiring from the movie industry in an appearance with a French news site previously in the week. To clear the air, the actress told Variety that the group — Linklater, Hawke, and herself — couldn’t proceed with a robust enough idea to move the series ahead. She mentioned what occurred was that they agreed that they couldn’t think of anything nice for part four. It was as simple as that, they didn’t get into a fight, they don’t have a negative relationship. Everyone was content. It was just a lot of drama for nothing. She explained that they simply couldn’t come up with a convincing idea.
In the 1995 film Before Sunrise, Delpy starred as Celine to Hawke’s Jesse, involving two individuals who encounter each other on a train and talk. Before Sunset, a spin-off was released in 2004, and Before Midnight, a third film was produced in 2013. Delpy and Hawke, together with Linklater, worked as creators and co-writers on both films.
The quinquagenarian French-American actor stated how they had pledged to one another that they’d never feel “forced” to produce a fourth film. But, Delpy reasoned that if they didn’t discover anything, why push it and develop a lousy fourth one rather than keeping it an excellent trilogy?
She stated that the trio had a brief discussion on one concept. Still, it was a suggestion that none of them appreciated. That was the conclusion of the chapter. It was part of a bad idea that circulated, and the trio decided against doing it.
Delpy is excited about the release of On the Verge, a Netflix comedy about middle-aged ladies in which she developed, co-directed, and stars.