Oliver Stone Back for Wall Street 2, Shia LaBeouf Also Joining?
by Alex Billington
April 28, 2009
Considering originality is pretty much dead in Hollywood, most of the big news these days is related to sequels or remakes. We first wrote about Wall Street 2, which is appropriately perfect for our current economic situation, back in 2007 and again last year when Fox realized they better get this made sooner than later. At the time all we knew is that they'd hired a writer. Variety now confirms that Fox has secured Oliver Stone again to return to direct the sequel. Michael Douglas is already back as Gordon Gekko, and apparently Shia LaBeouf is in negotiations to star as well. You know, I can see him pulling this off.
Variety only says that the sequel will once again involve a young Wall Street trader (LaBeouf), and that the recent economic meltdown spurred by rampant greed and corruption will fit prominently into the plot. The most recent draft of the script was written by Allan Loeb (Things We Lost in the Fire, 21), who is also a licensed stock broker, which is hopefully a good thing. As far as we know, the story was supposed to involve Gekko getting out of jail in modern times and return to the stock market game with more sleazy plans. Fox still has this on the fast-track and is planning to shoot it sometime this summer, so expect more soon!