Fifteen years since the original iconic poker film premiered, Rounders 2 has officially received the backing necessary to move the project into production.
Production company The Weinstein Co. announced Monday a new partnership with investment group Qatar Holding and Miramax that will bring Rounders 2 and other sequels to life.
“I’ve discussed making Rounders 2 with Matt Damon and I would say that’s going to be instantaneous,” said American film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman “... have a great idea, a way to make it more international,” Weinstein told deadline.com.
“You start the card game in Paris, that’s all I want to say. There might be a certain beautiful Parisian actress involved in it, and then we’re off to the racetrack and Vegas with [Matt Damon] and Edward Norton, and a new supervillain to replace John Malkovich,” he added.
Weinstein is reportedly eyeing Robert De Niro for that role.
In October, the rounder writers told PokerNews in an interview that the story was written, actors were in place, and Rounders director John Dahl was committed to a sequel—but it was “a matter of the companies who control the rights getting behind it and allowing it to happen.”
Although not a box-office success, the film built a cult following and is credited for fueling the original poker boom in the United States and laying the groundwork for the later Moneymaker online poker boom.