Sometimes even the best of us get stuck with our foot in our mouth. That seems to be what happened with Cameron Crowe earlier this month when he told an audience he would consider making a sequel to Say Anything and that he’d spoken to John Cusack about it. He has thought about where kickboxer Lloyd Dobler and valedictorian Diane Court might go after the end of the film and he has spoken to Cusack about it, but it was years ago and at this point, Crowe doesn’t want to ruin that personal film with an unnecessary sequel. Read exactly what he said, and some of his ideas about where it could have went, after the jump.
Thanks to IFC for getting to the bottom of this. Right off the bat Crowe said he was surprised his quote circled around like that and said the film is “definitely a pipe dream,” adding the following:
It’s a personal thing for me, that movie. It’s probably my favorite thing I’ve ever done. And the last thing I would ever dream of doing is touching something that I feel so proud about in any way. I just love the characters and I was sort of musing out loud with this really cool person that had asked the question.
As for speaking to John Cusack about the sequel, here’s Crowe’s explanation:
I always loved the Truffaut / Antoine Doinel relationship. And I said [to Cusack], ‘We should have made more movies more often with that character or another character.’ I so strongly relate to Cusack’s persona and his acting. He really can say the words and make them sing. I wish I’d done more stuff with him. It’s kind of odd that plans didn’t align in that way.
Forced to give up some ideas of where a sequel could have gone, Crowe offered up this:
I remember those characters and I keep thinking that there’s more that I could write about some of them, and not just Lloyd. If anything, it would be a side character or some story where there was some kind of linkage. I love Mike Cameron, I love the poor drunk that they drive home on the night of the grad party. As a writer, there’s just more there that I always thought, ‘Well someday.’ Maybe it’s just a short story. Maybe it’s a miniature kind of thing that I write some day.
But he concluded reiterating”
…There’s no script, nobody’s out there trying to pitch a ‘Say Anything…’ sequel.
So there you have it, straight from the horses mouth.