Back in 2012, IFC chatted with Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, who starred in both of The Boondock Saints movies. Reedus mentioned that he met up with director Troy Duffy and co-star Sean Patrick Flanery to discuss The Boondock Saints 3. In short, this is a solid hint that a third part of the series is being developed.
Whenever the discussion of movies comes up – whether it’s at a bar or at work – I’ll always come across somebody who jumps out of their seat in pure joy when The Boondock Saints is mentioned; and usually, it’s someone who actually has good taste in film. Let’s get real here. The Boondock Saints is no Badlands. It’s no Reservoir Dogs. It’s not even Gymkata if you ask me. My point is: I don’t get its appeal.
In case you haven’t guessed, I’m not a fan of The Boondock Saints or its sequel. Without getting too much into it, I find it to be one of the most overrated “cult favorites” out there. If Troy Duffy (he made both movies) has any talent as a writer or filmmaker, I’m hoping he’ll prove it one day. Don’t get me wrong, the original isn’t a bad movie by any means, but it’s definitely not a good one either. The sequel…let’s not go there.
Now, if you want to see a great film that has Troy Duffy’s name in the credits, check out Overnight. It’s an extremely entertaining documentary about the rise and fall of Duffy himself – before, during and after – the making of The Boondock Saints. If any of you COF readers out there buy or rent this documentary and end up disliking it, I’ll personally refund your money. Just be sure and send me your unwanted copy.
Updates: According to Collider, the third film will focus on the McManus boys behind bars along with a cult of obtuse people outside the prison walls who take on their crime fighting mantle. In addition, the film will also look at the origins of the McManii (intertwined prequel/sequel, a la The Godfather 2?). But more or less, The Boondock Saints 3: Legion (working title) remains in development hell. Duffy (via Facebook/ The Flickering Myth) says the reason for the production gap between Part 2 and 3 is him: “It’s my fault. It’s taken awhile… it’s cause I want to get it right.”