Reading The Guardian today, I was surprised to learn that rumors are flying about a possible Mulholland Drive sequel in the works. Easily one of the best films of the aughts (see my list of the top films of the decade here), the prospect of a sequel seems both exciting and terrifying for myself and the writer of The Guardian piece, Danny Leigh.
Leigh points out that critics detested Lynch’s previous attempt at a sequel (or more accurately, a prequel), Fire Walk with Me (see trailer above). Leigh also notes that Lynch’s work elaborates upon many of the same themes and archetypes from film to film. Hence, Mulholland Dr.’s sequel may merely explore the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles the way Lynch’s films since Blue Velvet have all been interested in unearthing the criminal element that underlies any idealized community (The Straight Story not withstanding).
There are still many unanswered questions: will Laura Harring and Naomi Watts reprise their roles? If so, which of their characters will be revived? Betty and Rita and/or Diane and Camilla? Like the best Lynch films, the answers won’t come easy, but hopefully the dutiful viewer will be rewarded.