David Hasselhoff to Star Beverly Hills Ninja 2? Sadly, No Joke
by Kevin Powers
September 17, 2008
I can stomach Hollywood making another Ghostbusters movie, even if I fret that a new installment might ruin the original shine; but what the hell are motion picture people thinking with the announcement today that there will be a forthcoming sequel to 1997's Beverly Hills Ninja, plainly titled Beverly Hills Ninja 2? To my mind, the only appeal the original film had was that it starred the then-hot property (and now sadly passed) Chris Farley. I recall seeing the movie back when, but today can't recall a single plot point. Given that the Dennis Dugan-helmed film has a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only made a paltry $30 million, who thought this was a good idea? We at least know novice Mitch Klebanoff did, since he was the writer the first time around and will now direct the sequel.
Variety tells us that production is set to begin shortly in October in South Korea -- a location that is one of the very few interesting aspects of this production being that no mainstream Hollywood movie has yet to do so. The other morsel of news is that David Hasselhoff is set to star. As who, we don't yet know. It's doubtful that the Hoff would play the lead since the film "involves an orphaned boy who wants to be a ninja but becomes involved in a crime in Hollywood while looking for his real parents." I suspect the orphan will be played by Lucas Grabeel of High School Musical fame. But considering Chris Farley's brother, Kevin Farley's, continued mediocre rise in Hollywood, why not him? Kevin's participation in the sequel would make sense linearly, but I can't make out yet how the stories combine. What has Hollywood come to?