Gordon Gekko is back, perhaps with a vengeance. Variety reports today that Oliver Stone has signed to direct the sequel to his 1987 movie “Wall Street,” currently bearing the imaginative title of “Wall Street 2.” Michael Douglas, who can be seen acting all oversexed with “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” at multiplexes everywhere this weekend, will reprise his role; Shia LaBoeuf is in talks to play a young Wall Street trader. Apparently the current economic situation will play a role in the script, written by Allan Loeb, perhaps along the thinking of “Greed is good, until the economy crashes.”
In other movie news, do you remember the comedy “Drop Dead Fred” from 1991, starring Phoebe Cates? Me neither. Anyway, it’s being remade as a vehicle for British comedian Russell Brand, who was very funny in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” I looked up “Drop Dead Fred” in my Maltin movie guide, and got this priceless sentence: “Recommended only for people who think nose-picking is funny.” Noted. Also, Brand is attached to star in a remake of “Arthur,” which, since John Gielgud is dead, is just wrong.
April 28, 2009 at 2:49 PM