For those that never saw the 1998 cult classic SLC Punk!, it's probably THE quintessential coming-of-age punk movie.
Through vignettes, diatribes, and even a slide show, writer/director James Merendino both illuminated the specific journey of Steve-O and Heroin Bob, two anarchists living in Mormon Salt Lake City, and told a universal story about growing up.
And now, 18 years later, it's back in the sequel Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2!
Believe us, costar Devon Sawa is just as surprised as fans:
"I was shocked when James called and told me he was making a sequel. Because it had been so long, and it was kind of one of those arthouse films that didn't really need a sequel. But then we he started explaining it, that it was going to be a reboot and we were going to go to where the punks are nowadays, it kind of all made sense."
The new film, available exclusively on Tugg movie screenings February 11-15, and later on Blu-Ray March 8, follows Heroin Bob's teenage son Ross, a death-obsessed goth who learns to embrace life on a road trip with punks.
But this newfound rebellion scares his mom Trish, who calls his dad's old punk pals to help — including accidental acid tripper-turned-bum Sean!
Devon had no idea where his character would be nearly two decades later. He revealed:
"When I first talked to James, I was like, 'Is he going to be in a mental institute? Is he on the streets still? Is he out of his mind?' He was like, 'Nope, he's better now.'"
Yep, the former drugged out punk is now a fully functioning member of society. He even apparently watches Friends — and has some very strong opinions about Gunther…
So would Devon ever consider doing another sequel to a fan-favorite film? Actually, he has one in mind:
"Even though the first one didn't do so well in the box office for whatever reason, I would like to do an Idle Hands sequel. I think there's somewhere to go there… I had so much fun shooting that film. Seth Green, Jessica Alba, we had the greatest time shooting it. So if they did a sequel to that, I wouldn't be mad."
Idle Hands 2: Even Idler? We are so into it!
Until then ch-ch-check out the trailer for Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 (below)!
So what does exec producer Selena Gomez think of all this controversy? It's pretty much what she was going for. She told the AP:
"We stayed very true to the book and that's initially what Jay Asher created, was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story, and I think that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, that's going to come no matter what. It's not an easy subject to talk about, but I'm very fortunate with how it's doing. I'm overwhelmed. I'm very proud of it."
Whatever your reaction to the show, it is getting a lot more people to talk about the problem of teen suicide.