I liked "The Punisher", I thought it has some great moments and Thomas Jane seemed as snug as socks are with shoes as Frank Castle. A sequel though? I wouldn’t have thought the first film would’ve made enough money to make that even viable.
Thomas Jane told Superhero Hype that he’s actually talking about the follow-up as we speak and they’ve already discussed where it might film, the tone of the film and where it may be shot.
"Yeah, we have had discussions. We want Jigsaw to be the bad guy," he told the site, "We’ll probably shoot it for much the same budget and probably go to Australia or South Africa where we can stretch the dollar. I’d do another one. It’s a niche market film that will always be that, and that’s what it should be."
He wasn’t bothered at all by the perception that it was a disappointment at the box office. "In today’s market, if it’s not a blockbuster, then it’s somehow considered a failure. I just don’t understand that point of view. It saddens me that if a film doesn’t sell a million Happy Meals that it’s considered to be a failure, and that is just incorrect. We need to change our view of that. In today’s market, there’s certainly a place for the blockbuster type of film, but if you can make a film for $30 million and its grossed like 50-something so far worldwide and then do a bunch more business on DVD, then that film has done its job. I like movies that don’t have to cater and appeal to everybody. Those movies are great, movies that cross the board and you can take your six-year old kid and your grandma, and everybody loves it. Fantastic! And there should be more movies like that and there will be, but there should also be movies that cater to people who like to see something different. People that have a need to see something that is off-the-beaten path a little bit. That’s what ‘The Punisher’ is there for and that’s what it’s there to serve. It’s for the fans and I’m very proud of it. I hope they don’t ever process it down and turn it into something that it shouldn’t be."
Jane says he wants to approach the character a little differently next time. "Absolutely. I like the character a lot and I had a lot of fun with him. For me, the second one would be an exploration of the morality of what he does. He’s so close to being a bad guy and does what he does cause more harm than good? Those kind of things are interesting for me. Where do you draw the line between what you’re doing being justifiable and not?"
He told the site a bit about how extreme the second movie may be. "The first one ended with him busting into that club and taking out all those people, and the second will open where the first one left off. It will just be incredibly violent and then it will just get more and more violent as the film goes on. That’s the kind of film that it should be! It’s a real take no prisoners punk rock kind of an action film, and g**ammit, it should piss a lot of people off!"
Also on Jane’s ‘to-do’ list is a biopic of Glenn Shirley, a criminal who was learnt how to twang on a guitar in prison and was later released into the custody of music legend Johnny Cash who turned him into a star. "It’s a great story about how you can take the man out of prison, but you can’t take the prison out of the man." He’ll be playing guitar and singing, as well.
Sandy Collora, of "Worlds Finest" fame, has also written a movie which Jane is circling. You’ll find details of that in Moviehole’s interview with the director, conducted earlier this week.