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Lou Diamond Phillips Has Spoken With Emilio Estevez About Young Guns 3

April 15, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Young Guns II

A third Young Guns is in the works, and Lou Diamond Phillips says he’s spoken with Emilio Estevez about possibly reprising his role. Phillips spoke with Forbes for a new interview looking back at La Bamba and during the discussion, he confirmed that Estevez has been at work on a sequel to the Western films.

“I got that phone call a year ago,” Phillips said. “I know that Emilio has been working on it, and what’s even more encouraging is that John Fusco, the creator of the first two movies, is working on it with him. There’s just enough ambiguity about Chavez’s death that means he might have survived just like Billy the Kid did.”

Young Guns was a financial success when it released in 1988, making $56 million against an $11 million budget. Starring Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, Casey Siemaszko, Terence Stamp, and Jack Palance, the film told the tale of Billy the Kid (Estevez) during the 1877 – 1878 Lincoln County War. While it was not a huge hit with critics but made enough money that a sequel, Young Guns II, released in 1990.

Bringing back Estevez, Phillips, and Sutherland, Young Guns II centered on the aftermath years later when Billy was reportedly killed by Pat Garrett. It was again a hit with $59 million against a $20 million budget. Phillips’ character, Jose Chavez y Chavez, appeared to be dying at the end of the film although it is not definitive. It is also strongly suggested that Billy survived into the mid-1900s, with Estevez playing the role of “Brushy” Bill Roberts who in real life claimed to be Billy the Kid.

Phillips added, “I will say that there are a couple of other characters where we’re not sure what happened. It’ll maybe be one of those ‘get the band back together’ kind of situation. If they can make it happen, I’ll be there.”