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Boondock Saints III - What We Know So Far

Guns, religious iconography, and divine retribution are the holy trinity of "The Boondock Saints." Written by Troy Duffy, the original "Boondock Saints" followed two brothers from Boston who lived in squalor but were later called by a higher power to fight a growing infestation of organized crime. Spurred on by the tale of Kitty Genovese at church, the brothers are aided by serendipity and providence as they cut a bloody path through every villain and henchmen they could get their tattooed hands on. Picking up a diverse group of allies along the way, the "Boondock Saints" became a cult classic by word of mouth, much like the final scenes of the original movie.

Released in 1999, the "Boondock Saints" slowly earned itself a sequel that was released almost ten years later, titled "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day." Both films followed the fraternal twin brothers as they brutally hunt down those that have plagued humanity with violence and corruption, but "Boondock Saints II" ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. Fans have been clamoring to see what happens next, but what exactly do we know about "The Boondock Saints III?"

When is the release date of Boondock Saints III?

The creation of the next installment of "Boondock Saints" has gone through several different iterations since writer Troy Duffy announced he was working on it. Originally announced as a television series in 2011 (via WeGotThisCovered) and then canceled in 2012 (via IGN), "The Boondock Saints III" has had some pre-production woes. However, it was recently announced that a new movie is in the works, and production is slated to start in May 2022 (via /Film).

Troy Duffy is attached to the project, as well as stars Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery as executive producers. Movies have a general turnaround time of two years; one year for pre-production and writing, and then an additional year for filming and post-production. Considering that Duffy has been writing a script for over 10 years, this process could be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances, especially given the ongoing pandemic. As of right now, we do not have a release date but we could hopefully be seeing "Boondock Saints III" by 2024.

Who is in the cast of Boondock Saints III?

The cast of "Boondock Saints III" is sure to highlight the exploits of Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery's characters, Murphy and Connor MacManus. The brothers, despite squatting in an abandoned factory and working in a meat-processing plant in the original movie, are well-read and able to speak several different languages (their mother insisted on it). Considering how the last movie ended, we may also see Father Sibeal (Mairtin O'Carrigan), Special Agent Eunice Bloom (Julie Benz), and Special Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe).

"Boondock Saints II" was also rather keen on flashbacks, so we could also potentially see Detective Greenly (Bob Marley), Noah "Duce" MacManus (Billy Connolly), "The Funny Man" Rocco (David Della Rocco), and Romeo (Clifton Collins Jr.). The supporting cast may include Detective Alapopskalius (David Ferry) and Doc McGinty (Gerard Parkes). We have yet to hear any announcements regarding new cast members, but there are sure to be new additions -– they managed to get Judd Nelson for "Boondock Saints II" so anything is possible.

What is the plot of Boondock Saints III?

The plot of "Boondock Saints III" aims to pick up at the end of "Boondock Saints II." The brothers MacManus found themselves in prison, and the new movie will follow how the brothers react to being released into this new, modern world. Speaking with Deadline, Duffy said of the new plot, "Where we're going is, the brothers are older. They are coming out into a brand new world that is not like the one they left. They are at odds. One wants to continue, the other doesn't. There's a new enemy out there, not like the traditional ones they've faced. That's the thing that is timely about this one. I asked the fan base once, who would you most like to see Connor and Murphy kill? There were like 4500 answers, and some were Biblical; people just don't give you one-word answers. The number one answer was, politicians."

Judging by that quote, it looks like we will see the twins have some kind of existential crisis of faith, and we will see how the characters react to their imprisonment and subsequent release. The brothers have lost a lot of friends and loved ones in service of a higher power, so how exactly will this calling affect them in the 2020s? Considering the direction given by the fan base, it looks like "The Boondock Saints" will attempt to cure what ails America in their trademark style. Criminals beware: the brothers MacManus will soon return.