After the adaptation of Drive was a hit in 2011, James Sallis started working on writing a sequel, but he had some trouble with Driven.
According to The Independent, Sallis liked working on the books, but had difficultly not seeing his book in it's movie form. Driver continues the story of "a stunt man and getaway driver in LA."
"It was difficult not to visualise Ryan Gosling playing the role when I wrote the sequel," admits Sallis. "I think he really made the character his own. Of course, they made changes in the script – but it has the blood, heart and guts of the book – it feels like my film."
In the new story, which happens seven years after the events of the first film, "He is trying to suppress the violence – but the sequel shows the process of him accepting that this is who he is. He tries to become a normal person and re-invents himself. After his fiancée is killed, the violence is unleashed again."
The good news for Gosling is that Sallis likes him in the role and recently said about his character that, "He is someone who doesn't really have much personality. You never really know him or his motives, however much backstory I give. In the film, Ryan Gosling's long looks with no expression on his face sums this state up perfectly."