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Brett Ratner In Talks For Midnight Run 2
He may direct the developing sequel

22 March 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Brett Ratner In Talks For Midnight Run 2

Depending on your feelings towards the man and his films, this news will either have you high-fiving the nearest available pet / loved one / friend / stranger or contemplating building an apocalypse shelter out of old tin cans and cardboard boxes: Brett Ratner is now in negotiations to direct Universal’s long-gestating Midnight Run sequel.

The return of Robert De Niro (who has been looking to make this happen for a while now) and Charles Grodin’s mismatched buddy comedy duo is a truly divisive issue. Some are itching to see more of Jack Walsh and Jonathan Mardukas while others would prefer that all involved simply be happy with the 1988 original.

Universal is ploughing ahead with the idea, which, if pulled off well, could be one for the ages. Role Models co-writer Tim Dowling was hired early in 2010 to punch out a draft, but now De Niro and his co-producers have hired G. I. Joe / Four Brothers scribblers David Elliot and Paul Lovett to have a crack at continuing the storyline, which left off with De Niro’s cop-turned-bounty-hunter setting the turncoat mob accountant free and walking away with cash and plans to open a coffee shop.

An even bigger question than the eventual quality of any follow-up is Grodin’s participation. He hasn’t appeared in a film since 2006’s The Ex and rarely likes to travel far from his home state of Connecticut, where he spends most of his time on volunteer advocacy. Still, talking to Deadline last year, he did say he’d be open to the idea of reuniting with De Niro.

Ratner, meanwhile, last made Tower Heist and is aiming to direct Hercules: The Thracian Wars this year with Dwayne Johnson in the lead.

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RE: Fingers crossed
We don't need a Midnight Run 2 just leave it alone.  More

Posted by NCC1701A at 08:54 on 26 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fingers crossed
I'm glad so many share my opinion: leave it alone! More

Posted by Clingfilm at 09:37 on 25 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fingers crossed
Please don't. More

Posted by Proudfoot at 17:14 on 24 March 2012 | Report This Post

Fingers crossed
If this is made,it needs to be at least 15 cert. But what will happen is,it will prob be 12A.Which means,deniros character will get to say Fuck,just once,which will be really silly,as he swore lots in the first film. Has potential to be another Beverly Hills Cop 3 fiasco! or could be Another Stakeout,which i thought was pretty good. More

Posted by alonsomosley at 19:44 on 23 March 2012 | Report This Post

Yes please.

Posted by alonsomosley at 19:41 on 23 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Pitch
L: Shifty Bench Do we need a Midnight Run 2? Really really ] one? The first film is great but I have never thought it needed a sequel.  o, we definitely don't need a Midnight Run 2, and besides the devil has obviously since collected on De Niro's debt. When the last time he made a good film? More

Posted by tftrman at 17:07 on 23 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Pitch
Do we need a Midnight Run 2? Really really ] one? The first film is great but I have never thought it needed a sequel.  More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 17:00 on 23 March 2012 | Report This Post

The Pitch
I'd start Midnight Run 2 with the coffee shop (called Alonzo's) Jack Walsh opened with the money he got from The Duke going bust in the recession and him having to return to his bounty hunting ways. Jimmy Serrano gets out of jail and starts looking for revenge on Jack Walsh and Mardukas forcing them to team up again. More

Posted by BenTramer at 08:01 on 23 March 2012 | Report This Post

The First 88
@evildave69 The article originally said 1998 when I pointed out the error in the first post. It was then corrected to 1988. So I CAN read, thank you very much. Ratner's films aren't bad; I liked Red Dragon, I like the first Rush Hour movie and I even liked his go at the X-Men movies (i'm not an X-Men fanboy, so I can say that). Not a bad choice for director but they've got to get the script right. More

Posted by BenTramer at 07:56 on 23 March 2012 | Report This Post

The original is a classic and one of my favourite films, I wish they'd just leave these things alone More

Posted by musht at 23:55 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

I'd rather they just re-released the original at cinemas. Bad enough trying a sequel, but if Dennis Farina's not in it, I'm just not bothered. More

Posted by LSJShez at 22:23 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

At least it's not a remake
This sounds bad. Better than a remake I suppose. Scrapping the barrel though. More

Posted by msmitchell at 17:48 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

Nothing about this can end well
Brett Ratner is irrelevant - this was a good film but it was a long time ago. It's too late to make a sequel that meaningfully follows on in terms of tone, pace or plot. More

Posted by BondVsPredator at 14:19 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

The herd who stick the boot may say what they please, but Ratner is good at character-driven action comedy; (Spielberg, for one, is - by his own admission - awful at humour), and he generated good interplay between Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour films; it seems funny that Ben Stiller, so-close in style to Charles Grodin, has just done Hostage Tower with Ratner, and did the Fokker movies with De Niro; he would be idea casting as Grodin's son. Grodin, 77 but still razor sharp (anyo More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 14:01 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

I can't see it being an action film
Both DeNiro and Grodin are old as fuck. Unless it's set in an old folk's home where DeNiro and Grodin run into an equally old Dennis Farina, then the whacky adventure ensues as every night, all three embark on the Midnight Run. To the toilet. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 12:52 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Brett Ratner In Talks For Midnight Run 2
My first reaction was of course utter disgust: but I am a big fan of the Rush Hour trilogy (ok the first 2) and also look forward to Tower heist.     What the hell: Bring on the sequel. More

Posted by st3veebee at 12:41 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Brett Ratner In Talks For Midnight Run 2
Brett Ratner isn't really that bad. He knows how to put together a coherent film and he knows where to put the camera, but his films are very safe and very vanilla studio friendly fodder. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 12:04 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

It says '88, you can't read. Anyway, I didn't see Tower Heist, although the trailers looked ok. That doesn't change the fact that Ratner is a hack! Of course he's going to do a sequel, the man hasn't got an original idea in his whole body...or he's just lazy! A tad harsh maybe but as far as I can tell, he has spent most of his career happily picking up sequels which end up ruining franchises for the sake of a quick buck. More

Posted by evildave69 at 11:23 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Brett Ratner....
Oh sweet lord they must be getting Desperate in Hollywood now. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:46 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

Brett Ratner....
Why are you so unpopular with the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?? More

Posted by JonathanMardukas at 09:39 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

Affect Cleveland falling out of the bath voice
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NOOOOOOO! Ratner? FFS! More

Posted by professoryaffle2000 at 09:16 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

Affect Cleveland falling out of the bath voice
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NOOOOOOO! Ratner? FFS! More

Posted by professoryaffle2000 at 09:15 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

Midnight Zimmer Frame
Do it, but get George Gallo to write the screenplay. More

Posted by stephen_se9 at 09:11 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Charles Grodin is 77...
"Midnight Shuffle" More

Posted by matt st hubbins at 07:21 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

Charles Grodin is 77...
... and Robert De Niro is 68. They should call it "Midnight Slow Walk". More

Posted by Toursiveu at 03:28 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

Looks like I'm walking!
I never took a payoff in my life and I'm not gonna start with someone like you. More

Posted by ChicksHands at 02:25 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post

"Here Come Two Words For You...Shut The Fuck Up."
Ratner's last film Tower Heist wasn't bad at all. The script for Midnight Run 2 is key though, the first film is a classic comedy (from 1988, NOT 1998 Empire!). If the sequel is even half as good, i'll be amazed. They've really got their work cut out for them. More

Posted by BenTramer at 01:38 on 22 March 2012 | Report This Post


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