On paper, Before Sunset, Richard Linklater‘s 2004 sequel to his delicate 1995 film Before Sunrise, shouldn’t have worked. The ambiguity of Sunrise‘s ending was what left the story, which follows French Celine (Julie Delpy) and American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) as they spend one perfectly romantic evening roaming the streets of Vienna, feeling so bittersweet. To actually answer the question of what had happened to the characters seemed like it would only ruin the mystery.

Instead, Before Sunset proved to be another rich, textured love story every bit the equal of its predecessor, as an older and wiser Celine and Jesse reunited in Paris — with, of course, another deliciously open ending. And now Hawke reveals that he, Delpy, and Linklater may be returning to that well a third time, with another movie revolving around the couple. More details after the jump.

The eagle-eyed folks at Vulture noticed a recent interview Hawke had done with French website AlloCine, in which he said that he felt it was time to revisit those characters again. “Well I don’t know what we’re going to do, but I know that the three of us have been talking a lot in the last six months about — all three of us have been having similar feelings that we’re kind of ready to revisit those characters,” he said. “There’s nine years between the first two movies and if we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again. So we started thinking that that would be a good thing to do. We’re going to try to write it this year.”

Normally, I’d have my reservations about tampering with two beloved characters, but Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke clearly have Celine and Jesse down. I can’t wait to see where the new film takes them, if indeed it does happen. And if that goes well, who knows — maybe we’ll get to check in with the pair a fourth time in 2022.

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