Punk is dead. Long live punk!
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…
You’ll just have to watch it to see what we mean!
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├óΓé¼┬ª 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)!
[Image via Cinedigm.]