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.