Timo Tjahjanto, whose recent Netflix hit, The Night Comes For Us, proved to be a bloody, flesh-severing martial arts action affair of the highest order upon releasing back in October. The goal, of course and as always with the streaming service, is to get people to watch, and of course, Tjahjanto has certainly lended his voice to the cause.
Mentions of a franchise have kept fans in waiting line with the director often vague-tweeting hints on character fan favorite, “The Operator”, played aptly by actress Julie Estelle (The Raid 2, Headshot, Foxtrot Six). Even going so far as earlier this month to spontaneously tweet “Night of The Operator.” in a March 4 post, to which screenwriter and author Ben Trebilcook replied “Mate….. you’re the opposite of Freddy, you’re not stirring nightmares, but my dreams!”
As of this week, Tjahjanto kept the enigamtic fervor going in a post featuring a fuzzy pictoral of Estelle in character, telling fans “We are working to tell a particular story.” For those just now catching up, that story follows The Night Comes For Us in which Joe Taslim plays Ito, gangland enforcer on the run after turning against the pan-Asian criminal organization he serves by saving a young girl’s life.
Estelle’s motorcycle-riding hitwoman-on-wheels Operator role doesn’t have much of a backstory that we get to explore here in the film, except all we know is that when she first appears, she’s assigned to kill Ito, only to decide to aid his last, violent and epic hoorah to turn over a new leaf.
In the months since the release of the inaugural gangster thriller, Netflix unveiled a cut scene from the film featuring Estelle with actor Epy Kusandar, and an assortment of some heavy artillery to boot. With any luck, we’ll soon find out what happens after this scene on the chance that The Operator’s tale may very finally get told.
Moreover, the March 4 tweet could very well hint at what the title will be given Tjahjanto himself elucidated back in October what he dubs as “The Night trilogy”, in which case, “Night Of The Operator” seems like a feasible move.
We are working to tell a particular story. pic.twitter.com/lxy4UePDD8
— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) March 15, 2019
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