Steve Gorman of Reuters reports that there could be a sequel to The Departed:
It’s hard to imagine a sequel to a movie like Oscar-nominated crime drama “The Departed,” which ends in such a spasm of violence that hardly any of the lead characters are left alive.
But almost anything is possible in Hollywood when enough money is at stake. So it should come as no surprise that a follow-up to Martin Scorsese’s cops-and-gangsters thriller, the biggest box-office hit of his career, is already in the works.
A person close to the situation said on Wednesday that the screenwriter behind “The Departed,” William Monahan, was outlining a film script that would bring back a surviving character played by Mark Wahlberg and introduce a new role envisioned for Robert De Niro.
The article goes on to say:
According to sources cited by The Hollywood Reporter, Scorsese would need to approve any plans for a new film before it could move forward.
Scorsese has never directed a sequel to any of his films, though his 1986 pool hall drama “The Color of Money” was a follow-up to 1961’s “The Hustler” directed by Robert Rossen.
The original “Infernal Affairs” was followed by a “prequel,” involving events leading up to the first movie, and a third film that combined elements of the first two. According to The Reporter, the idea of a prequel for “The Departed” has not been ruled out.
If Scorcese wins the Oscar (which is looking highly likely) then I certainly wouldn’t rule this out completely.