It seems that 2009 is the year for remakes, reboots and sequels. Even more so than in years past. With news of a reboot for the Predator franchise, a Dune reboot and a prequel to Alien, now comes word, via the Huffington Post, that Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone are on board for a sequel to Stone’s 1987 ode to greed Wall Street. According to the site, Douglas will reprise his role as Gordon Gekko and Stone will direct from a screenplay by Allan Loeb.
Regarding the story of the film, the site quotes 20th Century Fox spokesman Gregg Brilliant, who says: “We need to keep the story line under wraps, but it’s literally ripped from today’s headlines. It’s going to be very big and very cool.” Brilliant also said the project is timely and relevant given the state of the world.
Douglas is apparently very excited to reprise his role saying Gekko has endured as a character because audiences gave him the “same kind of respect we’ve got for the great white shark.” He’s a villain,” the actor continued. “Gordon Gekko is a great, old-fashioned villain. And, interestingly enough, if you look at most actors’ careers, their biggest achievement, not necessarily success, but (achievement), is playing a bad guy.”
The film, currently carrying the clever title Wall Street 2, starts filming this sumer. No word on if Charlie Sheen will reprise his role as Gekko protégé Bud Fox. However, there’s some speculation around the Internets that Shia LeBeouf may play the latest young turk to learn form the master Gordon Gekko. We’ll keep you updated.