Yes, The Boondock Saints III is finally a go!
Director and writer Troy Duffy has a third installment of his Boondock Saints saga on the way – and he’s got stars Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery on board to reprise their roles as Irish brothers Connor and Murphy MacManus. Duffy has written the screenplay with Flanery, with Reedus reportedly providing a good amount of input as well.
Shaun Redick (Get Out, BlacKkKlansman) and Yvette Yates Redick are on board to produce the film via their Impossible Dream Entertainment banner, with Duffy and Don Carmody (Good Will Hunting) also producing. Stars Reedus and Flannery are attached as executive producers, alongside Nat McCormick of The Exchange and Todd Myers of Dragonfly Films.
“Norman and Sean have been a driving force to keep this franchise on track and break some new ground story-wise,” Duffy told Deadline, the outlet that broke the news. “The fans have been waiting. They literally ask about it daily, and I am really excited to be working with Impossible Dream to make Boondock III a reality.”
The first film, released in 1999 following a troubled production, saw Flanery and Reedus playing fraternal twin brothers who become vigilantes in their home city of Boston after killing two members of the Russian Mafia in self-defense. While they dispense justice, FBI special agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) isn’t far behind. The sequel, 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, had the brothers drawn back into action after someone attempts to frame them for the murder of a priest in Boston. That film ended with the brothers behind bars. The threequel, Duffy says, will continue the story with them coming out years later.
“They are coming out into a brand new world that is not like the one they left. They are at odds. One wants to continue, the other doesn’t. There’s a new enemy out there, not like the traditional ones they’ve faced. That’s the thing that is timely about this one.”
As for who this enemy is, Duffy is keeping tight-lipped; however, it does sound like the MacManus will be getting political.
“I wrote a scene right now where one of them says, are you f*cking kidding? You can’t kill a politician and the other saying, are you kidding me? They’re the ones doing it. It turns out one guy is doing it much worse than everyone else. Without getting too deep into the story, what it is is, two boys coming out of prison after staying there much longer than expected, to a brand new world. They’re at odds on whether to push forward. But the type of people we face today in our society, is unlike any we’ve faced before. And that brings them together and they say, we cannot turn our backs on this.”
Cameras on The Boondock Saints III are expected to begin rolling in May 2022, once Flanery has wrapped his part in Amazon series The Boys (he’s playing Gunpowder in season 3) and Reedus gets a gap from The Walking Dead (the second part of the final season will begin airing in February 2022).
Here’s a look back at the trailers for The Boondock Saints 1 & 2: