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Exclusive: News On Departed 2... And 3!
Wahlberg dishes dirt on crime sequels...

07 February 2007  |  Written by   

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It’s the current favourite to take home the Best Picture statue later this month, but as the buzz surrounding The Departed’s predicted success at the Oscars continues to, erm, buzz, one of Scorsese’s ruthless detectives has revealed to Empire that The Departed, just like its Internal Affairs counterpart, could spawn not one, but two sequels. Here’s the freshly Oscar-nominated Mark Wahlberg:

“They told me they wanted to try to do it and I said, ‘Well, I enjoyed playing the character’. I mean, this guy [Dignam] doesn’t give a shit about anything. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He just does what he does, he does it the way he wants to do it. And I love that. I don’t think that people who are borderline sane have to be bad. It was just the way I was acting throughout the movie, and then you realise that he’s one of the only stand-up guys. He avenges the death of someone he doesn’t even like just because it’s the right thing to do. There’s a dignity to him.”

Oh, and it seems one of Scorsese’s old friends may be lining up to join the story: “They’re talking about bringing in De Niro to play a senator or a congressman”, revealed the actor. “You know, the corruption obviously going deeper and higher up the ranks — reaching up the political chain. So it’ll be fun. And if it’s a success, they’re gonna do a prequel and bring everyone back…make it a trilogy”.

According to Wahlberg, screenwriter William Monahan is currently hard at work penning the second instalment of the Boston crime saga, and shooting could begin sometime at “the beginning of next year or end of this year” - although any script would need Scorsese’s approval and the director’s involvement in any future chapters is currently unclear.

For the full interview with Mark Wahlberg and more on the plot of The Departed 2, pick up the new Empire, on sale from February 23, or even better, subscribe today.

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Honestly, Scorsese.....
I have always felt Marty is one of the most overrated directors in history. Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and King of Comedy are brilliant movies but the rest are all crap. The Departed was okay, but it was sooooooooooooooo inferior to Infernal Affairs and the Matt Damon character had to live to make the movie credible. Scorsese copped out again. The Aviator was pure guff, as was The Color of Money, Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York (what a poor climax), and Kundun. However More

Posted by Private Hudson at 22:31 on 22 February 2007 | Report This Post

Heres hoping
That sounds great for a sequel and even a prequel would be great too, but they would have to be quick because Jack Nicholson isn't getting any younger unless they use the same technology which they used in Xmen III. More

Posted by hellboy22 at 14:31 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Sounds interesting, heres' hoping it gets of the ground More

Posted by KennyM at 19:49 on 08 February 2007 | Report This Post

how odd?!
well in my opinion i prefered infernal affairs, it gave more depth and meaning to the characters and you really became ravelled up in their lives as they unfolded throughout. scorsese's departed however is a much mroe realistic depiction of the underworld, particuly in his approch to graphic violence. however this is completely irrelivent as it also gives a perfect example off two rather different styles of film - west and east. i am rather confused as to why, (if they are remaking the infernal More

Posted by mr_pringel at 11:02 on 08 February 2007 | Report This Post

The Departed part 2
I thought The Departed was exellent. However i am not really sure how part 2 would work. Most of the cast died in the film apart from Digman (Whalberg). Even when Diman shoots Collin (Damon) in the head the doors arent really left open for a sequal. But i could be wrong. It might be nothing compared to the first but i am intrested. More

Posted by solid snake at 08:10 on 08 February 2007 | Report This Post

Infernal Affairs
Was much better. It had much more emotion due to the fact that the film started with both characters being undercover for the last 10 years then showing their lives unfold in a short space of time. The Departed, which was a good film in its own right felt a bit cramped with the plot jumping forward a few months every 5 minutes. The original didn't have hardly any violence but still packed more of a punch at the end. More

Posted by pjdonnelli at 02:10 on 08 February 2007 | Report This Post

Definately, and talk about a full on remake of the original trilogy ay More

Posted by dj vivace at 19:35 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

More Departed films-it just doesn't get any better than that. More

Posted by Eomer_King at 18:28 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

L: Scottycent1234 you have deeply offended me and anyone else who is a true fan of film..... More

Posted by Dave B at 17:26 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

What!!! Speilberg is a legend! don't ever diss him! have you seen Munich! War of the Worlds was shit! but thats down to David Koepp, Don't get me wrong Scorsese is a legend also, but who helped Marty edit the last squence of Taxi driver the fucking climax of the movie! Speilberg! you have deeply offended me and anyone else who is a true fan of film.....Woody Allen on the other hand is licking his own tonsils More

Posted by Scottycent1234 at 15:48 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

With the likes of Spielberg, Woody Allen and other once great directors disappearing up their own cavities in the last decade, it's fantastic to see Scorsese truly indulging his inner film geek and making really enjoyable, unpretentious pictures like Aviator and Departed (Gangs of New York was dismal, but he seems to have learnt his lesson, bless 'im). I hope he gets involved in any Departed sequels that pop up, if only because a De Niro reunion with Scorsese would be limb collapsingly exciting. More

Posted by shanyi at 15:40 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

Another trilogy..!
yeah this sounds very cool! I was quite miffed that they killed nearly everyone in the first one! So the idea of making a prequal could b v gd More

Posted by Funk at 15:20 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

if this isn't the new godfather i don't know what is. they shouldn't make the prequel last though, that'd feel a bit inconsequnential. if they do go that route they should juxtapose it with a proper third part of the story. More

Posted by billythehick at 15:15 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: more of the same?
If they're anything like the first one they will rock. But the director has to be careful not to over do it. More

Posted by matthewforan at 15:13 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

more of the same?
Cannot wait to hear the word 'fuck' said a million times and a few more people's heads being blown off! More

Posted by Gold Digger at 12:42 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

Well The Departed was a great film, it didn't go down as well as it should have at the Box Office, I hope they just up the anti on the ad campain for number 2 because it deserves more than it got. More

Posted by jim.od2001 at 12:36 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

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