Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2009 by David Chen
I had the opportunity today to speak with writer/director Troy Duffy, the man responsible for The Boondock Saints and the forthcoming The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day. My full interview with him, where we discuss his reaction to Overnight and some of the lessons he’s learned since that film’s release, will be available online later this week. In the meantime, hit the jump for some exclusive new plot details about the script he’s going to try to make after Boondock Saints 2, entitled The Good King. Duffy described it as “markedly different” from Boondock Saints, a “period piece buddy comedy” whose comedic elements are as “dark as a starless night at the bottom of the ocean.” Assuming this thing ever gets made, you can assume minor spoilers ahead (I guess?).
Here’s a plot summary, straight from the man himself:
It is basically a tale from the mind of an inebriant. A present-day English uncle’s babysitting his nephews and he’s a notorious drunk literature guy. And they ask him to tell his story, the one he wrote, rather than their common bedtime story. And he’s sauced after playin’ with ‘em all night, so he tells them the story “The Good King” and the whole film is a flashback to 1500s about this king and his friend, the Duke, that virtually do nothing but womanize and booze and discover everything debaucherous that we enjoy in the 20th century, way back in the day. And they’re like huge freaking rock stars.
Moreover, the “period” elements of the film apparently won’t be terribly strict. “I’m not bound to any historical fact, because it’s from the mind of a drunk,” Duffy added. Previous descriptions have also referred to the film as “in the style of Monty Python and Mel Brooks.”
Whether or not you are a fan of the Boondock Saints films, it’s still pretty remarkable that Duffy was able to get both films made (given the troubled legal/production history of both). Depending on how the sequel does financially, Duffy might actually get a shot at bringing The Good King to the big screen. I’ll be interested to see if/how Duffy’s style translates to a (finally) non-Boondock film.