10/15/2013 06:13 pm ET

Ed Burns Scraps Plans For 'Brothers McMullen 2,' Now Writing Prequel


Edward Burns has long discussed plans to make a sequel to "The Brothers McMullen," but on Tuesday he announced that the project would not go forward. Instead, Burns will write a prequel to "McMullen," which he'll set nine years before the original 1995 film. From Burns' Twitter account:

Burns first announced "Brothers McMullen 2" in 2011. In an interview with HuffPost Entertainment at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, Burns cited Kevin Smith's "Clerks II" as an inspiration for wanting to make the film at all.

"I saw it and I was like, 'Oh, wow. All right.' It's kind of interesting: an indie film, a micro-budget indie movie, having a sequel," he said. "I thought, 'If there are any characters I've written about, those would be the only ones I'd like to revisit and see where they are.'"

The original "Brothers McMullen" film was a breakthrough for Burns, earning $10 million on a budget of just $25,000. It also won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

"It was this really wonderful, pure experience," Connie Britton, who has appeared in four Burns films, including "Brothers McMullen," told HuffPost Entertainment last year. "It was just filmmaking for the sake of filmmaking. There was never any talk about money -- there was no money involved -- it was just a bunch of actors getting together and wanting to make a movie. Eddie, even from the start, had such a strong vision as a filmmaker. That was really contagious for all of us. He kind of got us all inspired and excited about doing this movie with him. We shot it whenever he had the money; we shot it whenever he had the film stock."

For more from Burns, visit his Twitter page.

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