Brett Ratner in talks to direct Midnight Run 2

News Simon Brew 22 Mar 2012 - 06:30

The long rumoured sequel to Midnight Run 2 might just be pressing ahead. And Brett Ratner is apparently in talks to direct...

I like to think that, at some point last week, Michael Bay and Brett Ratner got together for a drink. The topic of conversation? How to start baiting movie nerds again.

“I’ve got it!”, piped up Bay. “I’ll talk for 16 seconds about a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, and see if I can melt the Internet!”. “You going to throw in that alien shit?”, asked Ratner. “Hell yes!”, retorted Bay, as he downed his luxurious cocktail and promptly threw the gauntlet down to Ratner. “You’re going to have to do something to top that”, he smirked.

Midnight Run 2, then.

It’s a project that’s been in quiet gestation for a little while, having been talked about to not much warmth a year or two ago. The original, starring Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro, is regarded, with some justification, as a bit of an 80s classic. But Deadline is reporting that a thus-far unwanted sequel is moving forwards (overlooking that three TV sequels have already been produced).

At the moment, David Elliot and Paul Lovett have been hired to take another stab at the script, with Robert De Niro lined up to return. And the man in negotiations to direct? That’d be Brett Ratner. No further details have thus far been revealed.

“Fine work, fine work”, Bay would have said. “I’m impressed", as he came back from the bar with two glasses of bourbon and a pair of cigars. "How about we get McG on the phone, and see if he fancies a stab at The Goonies?”.

Deadline

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