Remember the dignity and the gravitas of the above scene in Simon West‘s Con Air? Where madman Cyrus The Virus (John Malkovich) threatens the life of the stuffed rabbit badass Army Ranger Cameron Poe (Nicholas Cage) bought for his daughter?
Well, say goodbye to this kind of serious, intelligent filmmaking if West has his way. The director has recently admitted that he’d like to set a sequel to his modern classic in space!
1997’s Con Air made $223 mil. at the box-office worldwide, and has become utterly ubiquitous on cable and broadcast television–odds are, it’s playing right now somewhere. Follow me after the jump for the bewildering plans Simon West has for Con Air 2:
Here’s what West had to say to Screendaily regarding another Con Air flick:
There are always rumors about a Con Air 2. I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys. Something shocking. If it was clever writing it could work.
Okay, my earlier sarcasm aside, it sounds like West pulled this idea right out of his ass–and his point was he’d make Con Air 2 if he was allowed to make something utterly different from Con Air 1.
Simon West’s recent films include The Expendables 2, The Mechanic, and Stolen–so I see where he’s going with this–he’s got a yen to do something different from the usual mindless ultraviolence he’s become known for.
Personally, I enjoyed Con Air very much–nothing wrong with giving your brain a 2 hour vacation every now and then….Plus the idea of Nicholas Cage, who is best when portraying weirdos and geeks, as a musclebound alpha-male Army Ranger is just absurd enough to be entertaining.
In the end, I don’t care if Con Air 2 is set on a plane, in space, or in the Wonderful Land of Oz–so long as they get Steve Buscemi to steal the show as Hannibal Lecter ripoff Garland Greene again 😀
I leave you with the trailer for the original Con Air–or just turn on your TV if you have cable….$100 says it’s on there somewhere: