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Oliver Stone has officially signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct a sequel to the 1987 film Wall Street, according to Entertainment Weekly. Wall Street 2 is the tentative working title for the project, which had been under the working title of Money Never Sleeps.
21 and Things We Lost in the Fire scribe Allan Loeb turned a rewrite on Stephen Schiff‘s long developing sequel script. Apparently the latest draft was strong enough to convince Stone to return. I would have liked to see Aaron Sorkin‘s take on a sequel, but rumor has it that he turned down the project.
Michael Douglas is also set to return as Gordon Gekko, a role which earned him an Academy Award. Shia LaBeouf is in talks to play a young wall street trader who, much like Charlie Sheen’s character in the original film, comes under Gekko’s mentor-ship. As much as some people don’t like LaBeouf, it’s hard to disagree that he makes a perfect 2009 stand-in for Sheen.
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Ropes of Silicon has a 50 minute interview with W. screenwriter Stanley Weiser, but who cares about W. anymore? Weiser is the same guy who wrote Wall Street and penned a treatment for a Wall Street sequel before Oliver Stone and the film’s producer parted ways.
“To make a long story short, I wrote the screenplay and Fox put it in turnaround because it was dated,” Weiser told ROS. “Everything has changed and they’re starting with a page one rewrite that deals with the current situation in the markets. So it won’t be ready for a year and by that time the economy will have changed again so I wouldn’t be too hopeful.”
But what would Weiser’s Wall Street 2 have been like?
“[The film takes place] in the present. Basically, he had gone to Europe, like this world trader Marc Rich. He had been making deals in Europe and then he decided he wanted to go back to New York and get back in the action. So he does his jail time.”
“Gekko gets out of jail. It actually opened with Gekko getting out of jail and he’s standing by a curb and a limo pulls up and he’s next to a black kid, who’s a prisoner, and the black kid gets in the limo. The black kid is a rapper and the limo is for the rapper. So he is left standing there on the street alone and no one knows who he is anymore.”
“”…The latter part was set in China and dealing with Chinese money and policing the Chinese.”
I wish I could watch that movie right now. But 21 scribe Allan Loeb is busy working on a complete rewrite. Fox is hoping to fast track the film into production under the title Money Never Sleeps, but Michael Douglas has yet to sign on. Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) will not be featured in the follow-up storyline.
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