Um... how are they going to make a sequel to 'The Departed'?

Hey check this out, cops and robbers fans—some wicked exciting news coming from the world of blood-soaked Best Picture nominees: The Los Angeles Times quotes sources today, saying that a sequel to my favorite film of 2006, The Departed, is in the works. Yay!

But, you say, doesn’t Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture Oscar nominee end with pretty much every major character having his head blown off or splattered on Leo’s shoes or something else grossly gruesome? How, pray tell, can they keep the crime saga going? Good question. Especially since, the Times reports, screenwriter William Monahan won’t be going the same route that the folks back in Hong Kong did, when they followed Infernal Affairs (the movie on which The Departed is based) with a prequel and another semi-prequel.

So what would you do? Where would you take this deep, dark story of coppers and crooks next? And which character or actor would you most like to see return? I say, if they do anything more with the marvelously spastic and sweaty Alec "Patriot Act!" Baldwin, I’ll be there.

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  • Stephanie

    Yeah, mostly every single character except for Martin and Marky had their heads blown off. So what is going to happen? Are they going to do a story with Sheen’s character like they did with Tommy Lee Jones in US Marshalls?

  • Ellipsian

    Ummm…Joshua? How about a big ole SPOILER ALERT! next time? Please.

  • Chris

    SPOLIER ALERT:
    I’m pretty sure than Martin Sheen’s character died too. He kind of fell off a building.

  • t3hdow

    OMFG Joshua…I’m not one to insult EW editors, but did you not think for a second that mentioning most of the main characters dying was a spoiler? And it’s not like you encased part of your comment with a spoiler alert. I hadn’t even seen the film yet. Come on man…

  • Jasper

    What the…….? What’s it gonna be, a romantic comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin as one of their father? Who’s left?

  • ericalina

    oh jeez, people, if you cared that much about the movie you would have seen it on the big screen by now, since it’s been out since october. SPOILER ALERT! There’s tons of twists and everyone kills each other, get over it!

  • sarah

    Can you say…TERRIBLE IDEA.
    This makes about as much sense as Cinderella 3.

  • t3hdow

    Ericalina…that’s the dumbest thing I ever heard. Why should I get over the fact that I’d rather not have movies spoiled because I don’t run to the theaters every weekend to catch the latest films? So you’re also saying anyone who doesn’t view Lost or 24 in its initial viewings aren’t true fans and they should ‘get over it’ when nearly unavoidable spoilers pop up all over the place? Ugh, your idiotic logic sickens me.
    For all the support EW shows towards TiVo and DVD-only TV series viewing, you think they’d respect patient viewers by not spoiling anything without a warning. Yet time and time again, EW keeps slipping spoilers when I try my hardest to avoid them. So yes, I have a reason to be upset if it’s not hidden and blatantly open for the whole world to see without a warning. It’s inconsiderate and ruins the experience for them. But OHHHH I should get over it!!! What the hell…
    And to chris, I saw that commerical. That’s just patheric. Disney’s getting desperate.

  • t3hdow

    Whoops, I meant to say ‘Sarah’ with the Cinderella comment, not ‘Chris’. Guess I do need to chill a little. It still doesn’t make my complain any less valid.

  • David

    UNACCEPTABLE. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SPOILER ALERT ATTACHED TO THIS ARTICLE. THE DEPARTED IS STILL IN MANY THEATERS AND IS SURE TO BE IN EVEN MORE AFTER THE OSCAR BROADCAST. IT’S CARELESS TO ASSUME YOU CAN NONCHALANTLY REFER TO MAJOR PLOT POINTS OF A CURRENT MOVIE MANY HAVE YET TO SEE. EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING.

  • Jeanne

    Okay seriously, you all saw the headline and knew it was an entry about The Departed. A movie that has been out for several months. Did you really think there wouldn’t be spoilers in it? Sheesh.
    Now how about we quit picking on the guy for not giving a spoiler warning and get back to the point: that it’s a horrible idea to do a sequel to this movie. Because everyone but Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin, and Vera Farmiga is dead at the end.

  • Popcorn

    All this concern about The Departed #2 is well and good.
    But why aren’t we all talking about Saw IV?

  • t3hdow

    Jeanne, I’d actually buy that argument if it weren’t for two things:
    1) articles containing recent movies almost never have any spoilers from editors and ew bloggers alike, unless a fair warning’s been posted and
    2) if the entire article weren’t shown for all of Popwatch to see.
    I had no intention of clicking this thread. I just happened to browse by and even then, I spotted a major spoiler. If he at least cut out the spoiler and placed it on the ‘click-only’ portion of the article (which some EW editors have done in the past), then it would be 100% my fault. But it’s not, so I have a right to complain. Yes, I might care too much about this, but it’s happened far too often for me to count.
    Despite not seeing the film yet, from what I heard (sans spoilers), it sounded like the movie was self-contained. A sequel would be a bad idea.

  • ericalina

    Sorry I “sickened” you – and yes, you should get over it.

  • Gretchen Weiners

    Wow haven’t seen it yet. Thanks so much for letting me know everyone dies. You all have been slacking with spoilers stuff lately – HOW ‘BOUT SOME WARNINGS!

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