In 2010, Charles Grodin spoke with Deadline.com about the possibility of returning for a “Midnight Run” sequel, saying that he’d “consider it.”
Lo and behold, Deadline.com is now reporting that “Midnight Run 2” is a go, albeit currently without Grodin. Right now, the only person attached to reprise his role is Robert De Niro.
The first “Midnight Run” was released in 1988 and followed the adventures of bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro) and his prisoner, Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Grodin), an accountant who embezzled millions of dollars from a mobster. The beloved buddy comedy earned $ 81 million worldwide, and was on the receiving end of some great reviews.
“‘Midnight Run’ is not a formula movie, because the writing and acting make these two characters into specific, quirky individuals whose relationship becomes more interesting even as the chase grows more predictable,” wrote film critic Roger Ebert in his three-and-a-half star review.
The potential sequel would, at the very least, continue the story of Walsh. However, considering Grodin has all but given up acting — he’s been in one film since 1994 — showing up for this flick may be a long shot.
If the mere mention of a “Midnight Run” sequel has left you sick to your stomach, wait until you hear who’s set to direct: Brett Ratner.
Whether the controversy magnet — who resigned as the Academy Awards producer last year after uttering a homophobic slur — has room on his schedule for the sequel remains to be seen. In addition to “Midnight Run 2,” Ratner has been linked in recent weeks to adapt “I Want My MTV” (about the beginnings of the music channel) and “Hercules,” an actioner with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Hey, at least it’s not, “Taxi Driver 2”?
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