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Rounders 2 Gets the Green Light

By Nathan Carroll, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer

Rounders MovieWhen we last saw Mike McDermott, he was taking his five figure bankroll to Las Vegas in search of fame and fortune in the World Series of Poker. And if you thought that was the end of the story, you’d be surprised to hear that Mike and his seedy friend Worm might be making their way back into the public consciousness sometime in the next few years.

Mike is, of course, the hero of the 1998 film Rounders. He’s studying to be a lawyer but is willing to risk everything, including his career and his girlfriend, for a shot at the big game. Ever since the film earned nearly $23 million at the box office (with a budget of just $12 million), there’s been talk of a sequel.

The films two stars, Matt Damon and Edward Norton have been on board with the idea ever since the original’s big opening weekend, but legal disputes between Miramax studio and the movie-producing Weinstein brothers has kept Rounders 2 off the table–until now.

A recent agreement between the two parties has paved the way for sequels to several successful Miramax films from the past 12 years, including Bad Santa, Shakespeare in Love–and of course Rounders.

This is great news for fans of the first film, but there’s still a long way to go before Rounders 2 becomes a reality. With Damon and Norton already expressing interest in the sequel, the next step will be to attach a director. From there, writers can get to work on the script. The production process won’t be quick, and even optimistic assumptions have the movie coming out in 2012 at the earliest. 

But opening day can’t come soon enough for poker enthusiasts. The first film played a part in the poker boom at the turn of the millennium, and the industry would certainly welcome the attention a sequel might bring.

One thing’s for sure: I’ll be the first to buy a ticket.

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