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SLC Punk! sequel will hit theaters in 2014 and here's a concept poster to prove it

05.09.2013

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Although it was just a rumor it looks like now it's official: a sequel to the 1998 indie comedy SLC PUNK! called PUNK'S DEAD will start filming later this year and should be released sometime in 2014. This news comes from a PR Newswire announcement for Productions La Chatte and according to them most of the original cast members (although they don't say who) will be back for the sequel. Writer/director James Merendino will also be returning for PUNK'S DEAD and he talked about what the sequel might explore:

I made SLC PUNK when I was a kid, and accordingly, the story is naive, and, as just a coming of age story, not finished. The characters are facing  big questions, 18 years later, as outsiders, Punk rockers… What relevance do  they have in a world where all statements have already been made?

Although at the end of SLC PUNK! it seemed like Stevo (Matthew Lillard) had renounced his punk lifestyle it sounds like Merendino wants to explore what it's like when you've become just too old to be a punk. James Merendino also goes on to say he's happy that PUNK'S DEAD will be an independent production (just like SLC PUNK!) and feels like it's the right way to go for the film:

Putting together Independent Movies is a never ending siege, but when it does come together, there is nothing more satisfying. In the years since I made SLC Punk, it has found a rather large and supportive following who have been very kind to me.  So in making a sequel, I feel I owe it to those people to really do it right.

I don't think anyone was demanding for a sequel to SLC PUNK! (except maybe the hardcore punk rawkers who clearly didn't get the message of the film) but with the original creator and most of the cast on board I wouldn't mind seeing what Stevo, Sean and Mike have been up to over the years. There's also been a concept poster released for PUNK'S DEAD and while we may not see Heroin Bob in the sequel (for obvious reasons) it certainly looks that's him on the poster.

SLC Punk!

So what do you think? Is there a story that absolutely needs to be told in PUNK'S DEAD or is the risk that the sequel will taint the original too high? Strike back below with your opinion. And don't be a poser about it.

Extra Tidbit: Til Schweiger who played Mark in SLC PUNK! would go on to play Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.
Source: PR Newswire

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9:41AM on 05/09/2013
I enjoyed the original. One of the few Lillard flicks I can sit through.

And for me, the most realistic acid trip scene ever filmed.
I enjoyed the original. One of the few Lillard flicks I can sit through.

And for me, the most realistic acid trip scene ever filmed.
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9:47AM on 05/09/2013
Agree on both. Also Til Schweiger was amazing, if they can find a way to bring him back it might be decent
Agree on both. Also Til Schweiger was amazing, if they can find a way to bring him back it might be decent
6:15PM on 05/09/2013
I liked Hackers too, even though it had some major cheese to it. The acid trip in SLC Punk was somewhat realistic, definitely what I would consider a "bad" trip and touched on some of the more bizarre head game type stuff acid will sometimes do to you if you take it and aren't prepared psychologically. I would never say it is one of the "most realistic" though. Some of the scenes in Fear and Loathing I would definitely say touch more on the visual and visceral effects of acid, although arguably
I liked Hackers too, even though it had some major cheese to it. The acid trip in SLC Punk was somewhat realistic, definitely what I would consider a "bad" trip and touched on some of the more bizarre head game type stuff acid will sometimes do to you if you take it and aren't prepared psychologically. I would never say it is one of the "most realistic" though. Some of the scenes in Fear and Loathing I would definitely say touch more on the visual and visceral effects of acid, although arguably a bit exaggerated. I think this scene [link] in Taking Woodstock takes the cake for most realistic acid trip though, by a long shot. The way the visuals are portrayed are spot on, and they capture that feeling of confusion and childlike wonder perfectly. Other than the weird insinuation of orgy, I think it is by far the best portrayal of an acid trip I've seen on film.
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10:46AM on 05/09/2013
Doesn't make sense with how the first one ended but interesting non the less.
Doesn't make sense with how the first one ended but interesting non the less.
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10:25AM on 05/09/2013
Ho Lee Fuk ....this is great news!!!
Ho Lee Fuk ....this is great news!!!
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8:58PM on 05/09/2013

Punk can never die!

I don't think going in the direction of being too old for punk is accurate to this scene. I live in SLC, I am a 40 year old punk and the scene is still here and many of the original punks are still in it. Raunch re opened 3 years ago and is booking shows and the at the 20th EarthJam last year there were at least 3 generations of punks. The last few years have scene reunion shows from, Insight, Iceburn, The Stench, Victims Willing, Draize Method, Maimed for Life, The Boxcar Kids, Poopy Dee and
I don't think going in the direction of being too old for punk is accurate to this scene. I live in SLC, I am a 40 year old punk and the scene is still here and many of the original punks are still in it. Raunch re opened 3 years ago and is booking shows and the at the 20th EarthJam last year there were at least 3 generations of punks. The last few years have scene reunion shows from, Insight, Iceburn, The Stench, Victims Willing, Draize Method, Maimed for Life, The Boxcar Kids, Poopy Dee and even The Boards! (Still hoping for Massacre Guys!) Punk has endured and is experiencing a revival with new bands and venues. Please show that punk is alive and well! At the end of the original movie, Brandy points out to Steve O that rebellion is in the mind. I would hope that SteveO went to law school and became a kick ass lawyer going after corrupt corporations, like so many in the scene that have gone on to do great things. It doesn't matter what your politics are, what clothes you wear, or how old you are. As long as tyranny and oppression exist so will rebellion. Call it Punk or whatever you like.
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4:38PM on 05/09/2013
I'm anti anything that will make me feel old
I'm anti anything that will make me feel old
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4:46PM on 05/09/2013

what happened?

Whatever happened to Matthew Lillard? Last movie I saw him in was 13 ghosts.
Whatever happened to Matthew Lillard? Last movie I saw him in was 13 ghosts.
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