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Civil Rights Movie For De Niro
Plus Midnight Run 2?

26 January 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Buried in a Deadline Hollywood story about Robert De Niro's representation (he's just moved from the William Morris Agency back to his old home at Creative Artists) are some snippets about his upcoming roles.

Frustratingly there are no details, other than the brief, tantalising mention that it's in "mid development", about a new Midnight Run, but the prospect of De Niro returning to Jack Walsh, one of his funniest screen creations, is a doozy

Paul Weitz' Another Night in Suck City, co-starring Casey Affleck, is based on a memoir by Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) at the centre of which is a fractured father/son relationship. De Niro as Affleck's father? 

 And Selma, by Precious director Lee Daniels, will see De Niro take on the mantle of George Wallace. Not the comedian (he's not quite that versatile) but the governor of Alabama and four-time presidential candidate. Wallace was vehemently in favour of keeping his state racially segregated, provoking Martin Luther King's famous marches between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama in the early 1960s. He offered his apologies to black civil rights leaders when he became a born-again Christian in the late 1970s.

Sounds like it could potentially be De Niro's heaviest role for a while (Deadline Hollywood calls it "showy") so we're looking forward to hearing who'll be up against him as Dr King. Any ideas?


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Your Comments

RE: He's a very nice person, and a really good actor....
L: phlphlphl I approached this article with some trepidation, having just bought and watched Midnight Run last week, and hoping to god they never wanted to remake it, because who could actually fill the shoes of the entire original cast? But a Midnight Run 2, with De Niro? This idea I could get with. As long as, yes, it isn't fucked up. Is Yaphet Kotto still alive? Plus the news of a nice meaty role for Bobby to get stuck into is great news, after the lightweight pish he's been coasting th More

Posted by JonathanMardukas at 16:28 on 27 January 2010 | Report This Post

I can't see it....
It's a remake of some sort, it has to be - Jack would be retired by now anyway. Like the civil rights idea, I'd love Denzel and Bobby to share the screen that would be very cool!! More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:23 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

Dexy's (De Niro's) Midnight Runners
Midnight Run is one of the few genuine laugh-out-loud comedies, I still remember how much I laughed the first time I saw it. Not sure about the sequel, all that old school Mafia stuff would look out of place today. Most comedies today are shit and couldn't raise even a smile if you were at gunpoint. They'd want to get the script as good as the original or there's no point in doing it. More

Posted by BenTramer at 18:40 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

We must have the Duke
When you watch this film a few times, you enjoy Di Nero's performance, but it's Charles Grodin that commands your attention. He makes the comedy work. He's the star. To make it without him would be an awful idea. Even in his 70s he needs to be there to give the film it's heart and to make us care about it. More

Posted by The Voice of Fate at 16:47 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

He's a very nice person, and a really good actor....
I approached this article with some trepidation, having just bought and watched Midnight Run last week, and hoping to god they never wanted to remake it, because who could actually fill the shoes of the entire original cast? But a Midnight Run 2, with De Niro? This idea I could get with. As long as, yes, it isn't fucked up. Is Yaphet Kotto still alive? Plus the news of a nice meaty role for Bobby to get stuck into is great news, after the lightweight pish he's been coasting through in recent yea More

Posted by phlphlphl at 16:46 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

Dreyfuss
I remember reading that Richard Dreyfuss was up for the Grodin role once and his amazing delivery of quick fire dialogue (go back and watch the Goodbye Girl; so so film but what a performance) would make that a great pair up. Not gonna happen I know but I can dream...I'll settle for Jeff Bridges as well! More

Posted by echofalls at 12:48 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

Midnight Run 2. thats just brightened up my whole day.!!! Better late than never More

Posted by 62Parker at 12:29 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

We need a DeNiro triumph
Who to play King? Don't know but I bet there are many untried and gifted black actors out there who could do extremely well - this also might mean we'd get more black actors on our screens. As for Midnight Run 2... I was thinking about that movie just the other day whilst watching Analyse This/That. I know those two movies weren't totally well loved but the ability of DeNiro to bat dialogue back and forth with someone as quick on teh draw as Billy Crystal was great to see and hear. Another More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 10:52 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

Here's an idea don't just do a lazy retread of Midnight Run by having the same storyline with some flavour of the month in the role of the Duke. Maybe Walsh has to team up with Marvin to rescue the Duke from some drug lord that he scammed or something. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 10:46 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

So De Niro's getting back to meatier roles
About time too, guess Tribeca Grill overheads have been paid off now. As to who should play Knig opposite De Niro Chiwetel Ejiofor!. And to reading of Midnight Run 2, yes please and to doing a film as Affleck's dad, bring it on :) More

Posted by alabama worley at 09:19 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

Charles Grodin
As this is my favourite film I cant imagine that they would be even contemplating making a sequel without the Duke back on board although i am aware he is in his 70s now. Perhaps have him become a bit of a wanted criminal (who just kept embezzling after the end of the first film) that Walsh is after while escorting another bounty across America. Maybe Jim Carrey. Just a thought. More

Posted by JonathanMardukas at 09:16 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

RE: One suggestion...
Midnight Run 2...please don't fuck that up!!!! More

Posted by morg1138 at 09:07 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

One suggestion...
I only have one suggestion,although impressive as Ray Charles, Jamie Fox should be kept as far away from this as possible as punishment for the truely awful "Miami (wretches) Vice"... More

Posted by larryclavin at 03:19 on 26 January 2010 | Report This Post

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