Arlena Acree shared an intriguing bit of gossip fodder before the screening started. (She's the film industry liaison for the City of Shreveport.) A producer apparently told her that if the movie does well, there could be a prequel or sequel. The Robinson Film Center's Clare France quickly added that such a project "would be filmed here."
So will there be another "Mr. Brooks?" That's for audiences to decide.
It's an odd film. It's very moody -- reminiscent of 80s neo-noir flicks like "Manhunter," "To Live in Die in L.A.," "Angel Heart" and almost anything from the glory days of Mickey Rourke -- but its stabs at emotional complexity look a bit desperate to me.
One minute, Costner's killer revels in the immediate thrill of committing murder (which we should hate him for, but we don't).
The next, he prays to himself, laughs malevolently with his alter ego (Hurt) or cringes at the discovery of his daughter's dark secret. We're supposed to accept "Mr. Brooks" as a portrait of a killer with a deeply troubled conscience, but drastic shifts in mood and the star's insistence on psychological realism left me in disbelief.
Given Costner's career of playing likable heroes, I'd rather see him act completely dispicably for a change. There would be more news in "Mr. Brooks" if we came away hating the star's character rather than (yet again) sympathizing with him.
Anyway, the movie will find an audience, and I suspect it's going to find a home down the road on cable TV. What will be interesting right now is whether or not the project's stars -- Kevin Costner, William Hurt and Demi Moore -- inspire a ripple or a wave at the weekend box office. I'm not in the business of predicting numbers, though.
So what do you think? Is another "Mr. Brooks" a good idea? Are you interested in more? Let me know your thoughts after you see the movie.