The loooong wait is over. 'The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day' is gradually rolling out into theatres across Canada this month, ten years after the 1999 release of the shoot 'em up original that's become a cult classic. This time around, the McManus brothers head back to Boston to track down whoever tried to frame them for killing a priest. New face Julie Benz (of 'Dexter', 'Buffy' and 'Angel') steps in as FBI agent Paul Smecker's over-the-top protégé.

Moviefone caught up with producer Don Carmody to get the inside scoop on the making of 'All Saints Day'. Carmody has an uncanny knack for spotting cult classics - he's produced everything from 'Porky's', 'Meatballs' and 'Weekend at Bernie's' to 'Resident Evil', 'Silent Hill' and 'Chicago'. Carmody, who is based in both Toronto and LA, is refreshingly candid about what it's like working with 'Boondocks'' infamous writer/ director Troy Duffy (the subject of the 2003 documentary 'Overnight'); why he knew 'Overnight' was a mistake and how Trailer Park Boy Robb Wells landed a role in 'All Saints Day'.

The loooong wait is over. 'The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day' is gradually rolling out into theatres across Canada this month, ten years after the 1999 release of the shoot 'em up original that's become a cult classic. This time around, the McManus brothers head back to Boston to track down whoever tried to frame them for killing a priest. New face Julie Benz (of 'Dexter', 'Buffy' and 'Angel') steps in as FBI agent Paul Smecker's over-the-top protégé.

Moviefone caught up with producer Don Carmody to get the inside scoop on the making of 'All Saints Day'. Carmody has an uncanny knack for spotting cult classics - he's produced everything from 'Porky's', 'Meatballs' and 'Weekend at Bernie's' to 'Resident Evil', 'Silent Hill' and 'Chicago'. Carmody, who is based in both Toronto and LA, is refreshingly candid about what it's like working with 'Boondocks'' infamous writer/ director Troy Duffy (the subject of the 2003 documentary 'Overnight'); why he knew 'Overnight' was a mistake and how Trailer Park Boy Robb Wells landed a role in 'All Saints Day'.

What stood out about the original 'Boondock' script to you?

I had been doing several pictures with Miramax and I remember on the set of 'Studio 54', Harvey [Weinstein] came up to me and said this will be the next picture you're doing with us and you're going to have your hands full with this guy [Duffy]. I then met with Troy, who indeed was a handful [laughs], and then eventually the picture was put into turnaround. But I remember really, really liking the screenplay. It was very innovative and imaginative and kind of unlike anything I had seen before. I was always concerned about Troy because of how he had been back in those days. But what really struck me was when we started to shoot that he took charge like no other first-time director I've ever worked with, and I've worked with a lot of first-time directors.

He knew what he wanted, he was sure of himself, he was a great cheerleader with the crew, and all the ego and the bullshit that had gone on years before was gone. He was just the ultimate professional. At that time he had this damn documentary crew following him around and I warned him about it. I said look, nobody can sustain scrutiny 24/7. You're going to regret it. And I don't want them on the set because I find them intrusive. I didn't sign their release and I wouldn't let them film me. It came back to haunt him. But I tell anyone who asks me over the years that Troy was this ultimate professional.

You seem to have a knack for finding movies that eventually become cult classics. What is it about 'Boondock' that you think resonated with so many fans?

I think it was fairly new and innovative and raw. We didn't have a lot of money for the first one, or the second one quite frankly. Troy's not a spit and polish kind of guy. It's get out and do this. The mixture of a very broad sense of humour and a love of big guns resonates with fanboys. Although what's always amazed me about 'Boondocks' is how women like it. That I don't quite get. They really seem to enjoy the characters and what they're going through. These aren't macho men, they sort of stumble their way through this stuff.

How's the sequel doing so far?

It's doing pretty well, considering we're up against some pretty big guns there, like '2012' and 'Twilight' this weekend. Our per-screen average is the third best in North America from last weekend. We're not spending a lot of money, obviously. We wish the studio had spent a bit more because we keep finding 'Boondocks' fans that still don't realize the picture's even been made.

Willem Dafoe left some pretty big shoes to fill. How did Julie Benz come into the picture?

We had gone back and forth with Willem over the years about whether he wanted to reprise the role. Long story short, he decided at one point that he didn't really want to do another one, but always left the door open for a cameo. And Troy had had another story in his pocket kind of whereby there was a woman who could take over for Smecker. So we went that route and Julie we thought was inspired casting. Willem had always stayed in touch. It seems that I'd always run into him at the Toronto Film Festival or at Cannes and he said you know, more people recognize me from that damn 'Boondock Saints' than they do from 'Spider-Man'.

The ending leaves things wide open for a third installment...

We're not really thinking about the third one. We just want to get the second one out there and get the fans back on board and then we'll see.

I'm sure a lot of 'Trailer Park Boys' fans were happy to see Robb Wells in the movie. How did he get involved?

We were out scouting in Halifax at one point because we didn't think we could cobble together enough money to shoot the picture in Toronto and Boston, and there were higher tax incentives in Nova Scotia. Troy and Chris and I stumbled into Bubbles' bar out there and met them. Troy really became taken with Robb and basically wrote the part for him.

What else do you have coming down the pike? I hear there's a new 'Resident Evil' around the corner.

Yeah, we're currently in the seventh week of shooting 'Resident Evil: Afterlife'. We're shooting in 3-D and it looks terrific. We're working on the sequel to 'Silent Hill', which is hopefully going to go next year. And I have a hockey comedy that I'm doing with Evan Goldberg and Michael Dowse, who did 'Fubar', called 'Goon'.

'Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day' is open in Canadian theatres.