Rounders writer Brian Koppelman has revived fans’ hopes for Rounders 2 with a new photo on Twitter. In the photo, the successful writer and showrunner is holding a coffee mug with Rounders 2 on it.
Rounders was released in 1998, a movie about poker starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. Rounders 2 was hardly mentioned after the film’s release, because Rounders was not a great success at the box office. The film earned $8,459,126 during its opening weekend in the United States yet received poor reviews.
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Matt Damon played in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 1998 but went down with kings against the aces of Doyle Brunson. Edward Norton also played in the WSOP Main Event that year, but Norton was nowhere near a cash.
However, in the years that followed, Rounders became incredibly popular with poker players from all over the world. The film was widely sold on DVD and is sometimes seen as partly responsible for the poker boom in the early 2000s. Matt Damon, for example, played in the World Series of Poker again in 2010. At the table, people asked about Rounders 2.
IMDb states that Rounders 2 is still in development and the script has been ready for years. Yet it has never come to a sequel to Rounders. One last sign of life came from writer Brian Koppelman who shared a photo on Twitter with a Rounders 2 mug. But whether or not this is evidence that the film will see the light of day is uncertain. It could also just be a mug from the movie Rounders with simply the two of diamonds as a background.
September 11, 1998 – Rounders Comes Out
Rounders is released in America on September 11, 1998. Although there are very few cinemas where it plays. Director John Dahl’s film starring Matt Damon, Edwart Norton, and John Malkovich received moderate reviews, but became a cult film and modest hit due to the later popularity of poker.
March 3, 2010 – Damon & the Rest Like Rounders 2
After Rounders became popular with poker players, the question soon arose as to whether Rounders 2 would ever be made. Initially, everyone involved seemed excited about a sequel to the film. If the writers came up with a good idea for Rounders 2, everyone would be there right away, Matt Damon told PokerListings in 2010.
December 16, 2010 – Rounders 2 on the Way Through Partnership Miramax & Weinstein Brothers
Brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein once started Miramax before selling the company to Disney in 1993. Then they started their own production company: The Weinstein Company. At the end of 2010, Miramax announced that it would rejoin The Weinstein Company, bringing the Weinstein brothers back on the old ship.
June 5, 2011 – Plans for Rounders 2 Stay Alive
“I never make sequels, but it’s something I’d like to revisit,” Harvey Weinstein said at a Producers Guild of America meeting, according to Variety. Weinstein once again specifically discusses Rounders and is therefore still toying with the idea of a sequel. Rounders had a disappointing box office of $23 million but did very well on DVD after that.
October 4, 2013 – Runner Runner Comes Out
Runner Runner is not Rounders 2, but the film is from Rounders writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Runner Runner stars Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake and revolves around a young poker player who travels to Costa Rica to question a fraudulent casino owner. The film received poor reviews and a poor reception at the box office.
Dec 16, 2013 – Harvey Weinstein Wants Rounders 2 in Paris
Speaking to the authoritative source for breaking news in the entertainment industry, Deadline.com, Harvey Weinstein says there is a plan for Rounders 2.
He wants the film to start with lead actor Mike McDermott in Paris, after which the film continues on the Las Vegas racetrack. Weinstein, then still free from scandals in the international press, further reports that a beautiful French actress should get a role in the film and that Matt Damon and Edward Norton are back in the party.
Finally, Weinstein notes that a super-villain is replacing Teddy KGB.
July 26, 2016 – There Is a Plan for Rounders 2
In 2016, during an interview with Rich Eisen, Damon says the writers have a good idea for Rounders 2. Rounders 2 would explore the world of online poker, Damon said.
March 27, 2017 – The Author Increases the Confusion of the Audience
In 2017, writer Brian Koppelman revisited Rounders 2, but had some bad news for fans. In a tweet he indicated that he does not have the rights to the film, so it is not up to him to propose a successor to the cult film. That same year, Koppelman did an AMA (Ask me Anything) on Reddit in which he warned in advance not to seriously answer questions about Rounders 2.
October 3, 2018 – Damon: a Film Like Rounders 2 Is No Longer in Cinema
In 2018, Matt Damon appeared on the Bill Simmons Podcast where he discussed the making of Rounders. They also talked about Rounders 2. There, Damon was a lot less positive about the possibility that the poker movie would have a sequel to get. A type of film like Rounders would no longer appear in cinemas! “Because the focus there was mainly on bombastic superhero films”, according to Damons.
June 23, 2021 – Koppelman With Rounders 2 Mug!
In response to a fan asking about Rounders two, Brian Koppelman tweeted a selfie with a Rounders 2 mug. Are they still working on the movie?