Story by: Jack Foley
CITY of God, the highly-acclaimed account of life in one of Rio
de Janeiro’s notorious slums (dubbed the Brazilian Goodfellas
by some), is to get a sequel, it has been revealed.
City of Men is due to begin filming in 2006 and looks set to
be directed by Paulo Morelli, a partner in 02 Filmes, with original
co-director, Fernando Meirelles, producing.
The film, which was largely considered to be the film of 2003
(along with Quentin Tarantino’s Kill
Bill: Volume One), was a scintillating account of gangster
life amid the slums, made all the more outstanding by the fact
it used local, non-professional actors as the children in the
According to online reports, the
sequel will feature two of the younger actors from the original
– Douglas Silva, who played Little Dice, and Darlan Cunha,
who played Filé-com-Fritas – as they enter their
It is not being made as an attempt to merely cash-in on the
success of the original, but to help further and build careers.
According to Meirelles, in an interview with Empire Online: "After
we finished the film we created a school for actors, an NGO school
with all the boys and did workshops with cameras and editing.
So with this group we did a project for Brazilian television,
and the television bought four episodes. It was a huge success."
The mini-series in question ironically shares the name of the
sequel, City of Men, and went down a storm in its home country
- although there does not appear to be any plan to show it in
the UK at present.