This is the first photo of Michael Douglas reprising his Oscar winning role of Gordon Gekko in the now filming Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. Production has been underway in NYC for the last two weeks under the direction of Oliver Stone. The director has no excuse with all of Wall Street hijicks over the last few years not to hit this one out of the park. If he doesn’t it will be a big disappointment.
This is the film’s storyline: The film is set nearly two decades after the first film, with Gekko, having spent 14-years in prison for insider trading and security fraud, now making the lecture circuit as a published financial author. Frank Langella plays Lewis Zabel, an old-time broker who mentors Jacob Moore, a character played by Shia LaBeouf. Gekko befriends Jacob in hopes to reconnect with his daughter Winnie (Carrey Mulligan), Jacob’s wife.
Josh Brolin will play the film’s villain, a hedge fund mogul named Bretton James and Charlie Sheen will return for a cameo reprising his role of Bud Fox. Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps hits theaters April 26, 2010.
Wall Street 2: According to Entertainment Weekly, production on the long awaited follow-up to 1987’s Wall Street is moving closer. The movies plot will center on Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas who will reprise his role) as he gets out of prison during our current economic climate. Shai LaBeauf (Transformers) is in talks to play a young trader in the film which will once again be directed by Oliver Stone. Personally I hope Stone is really up to the challenge as there is some much to explore here. This needs to be a hard hitting, take no prisoners, fully researched effort that packs a major wallop.
Douglas was great in his Oscar winning role as Gekko in the 1987 film, but this story needs to be much bigger than him. While Stone’s original movie made the “greed is good” tagline part of America’s pop culture, nobody is saying that these days – not even the greedy CEO’s of whom many should be rotting in prison cells. Hopefully Stone will hit a home run. He certainly has an amazing amount of material to explore; from Sub prime loans to government deregulation. And then, of course, there’s the stunningly incompetent cheerleading of CNBC, continuing to embarrass itself with the likes of Jim Cramer and Larry (Mr. Goldilocks) Kudlow as they carry on with their lies to the American public every day. My advice to Oliver Stone – Hold nothing back and expose Wall Street for what it is; the destroyers of real and fair capitalism. Because of the magnitude of Wall Street shenanigans over the last few years, I’m not quite sure how you cram all that into a two hour movie. It might play better as a three part miniseries, but I look forward to seeing what Stone can deliver.
Yet another romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughy, who’s made a career in this genre. Actually it looks pretty good. It co-stars one of my favorites, Jennifer Garner, and Michael Douglas. Look for it in theaters May 1, 2009
KEVIN SMITH is the KING OF COOL, STREETS OF SAN FRANCISO to walk the beat again and DOOMSDAY is B-Movie fun!
It was really good to see KEVIN SMITH being such a force at the Comic-Con in San Diego last week. I really believe he’s one of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in the movie business. The guy not only has a feel for what fans like but can communicate his opinion as good as any speaker I’ve heard in a long time. While I don’t think his overall career has matched his unique talent, I really hope I see the day when he gets to helm a big budget project that the masses can embrace! He’s one voice that I truly enjoy. I also thought his extended cameo in last summers LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD was a blast! You can hear Kevin Smith’s comments about the future of Super Hero movies on our latest Entertainment Today and Beyond Radio show HERE.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS television is going to shake the mothballs off its 1970’s cop show THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. The trade reports that the network will develop a contemporary version of the program which starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. The 70’s was the golden era for cop shows with programs like Kojack, Baretta, Barnaby Jones and Starsky and Hutch dominating the airwaves. CBS has already secured Simon West (Con Air) to helm the pilot. I know I’ll be there to WATCH as I loved the original series!
For fans of the B-movie I suggest you check out this weeks DVD release of DOOMSDAY. I got a chance to see it when it quickly came and went from theaters last March and really enjoyed it for what it was. Director Neil Marshall (The Descent) clearly loves the material as he mixes many different genres and pays particular homage to John Carpenter’s Escape from NY and George Miller’s Mad Max. As a bonus, the film’s star, Rhona Mitra isn’t too hard on the eyes either! Overall, this Sci-fi action thriller is FUN. I know I had a good time with it!