In cinemas since February 23, “Maigret” is very convincing, played by Gérard Depardieu and directed by Patrice Leconte. A film that appeals to others, which would be the start of a series of feature films? We asked Patrice Leconte the question.
Maigret’s return to the cinema
The film Maigret by Patrice Leconte, with Gérard Depardieu in the title role, brings back to the screen the legendary curator of 36 quai des Orfèvres created by Georges Simenon. A sober, concise film, which made the choice a priori paying to do like his character: get to the point.
We will soon know if the public is convinced by this new adaptation for the cinema (our review here), almost 60 years after the last outing of Jean Gabin in the role for Maigret sees red. But a question already appears, linked to the nature of these fictions: can there be a sequel?
A little tour and then go away?
Indeed, Commissioner Maigret has built his popularity thanks to his serialized fiction, whether in the literary work of Georges Simenon, 75 novels, and 28 short stories or on television with several series, the most famous of which with Bruno Cremer ran from 1991 to 2005. So, with an ideal Gérard Depardieu in the role, can we imagine that Patrice Leconte will do it again for another film?
We asked the director the question, who answered very frankly:
I don’t know if the answer will disappoint or delight, but for my part I find it reassuring: there will never be another “Maigret” with Depardieu that I would do. Never. ‘Cause that would be… What else do you want us to do? What kind of new colors? No never. I would have the impression of harping on, of giving in to a form of ease. No, that will never happen. And that’s why the film is only called “Maigret”, because there won’t be any others. And I won’t do “Maigret is skiing” (laughs).
We may be able to be disappointed not to find the duo formed by the two men, who found in their adaptation beautiful alchemy but nothing says that Maigret will not return to the cinema one day, embodied by another performer and directed by another director.