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Oliver Stone's Wall Street 2: His Unforeseen Return to Greed

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September 8, 2009
Source: NY Times

Oliver Stone on Wall Street

"I thought it was a bubble that was over," director Oliver Stone told NY Times' Tim Arango during a recent interview. "I thought those days were going to come to an end." Of course, he was speaking of the financial situation of the 80s, the subject of his 1987 film Wall Street, whose sequel is to be Stone's next film released 23 years after its predecessor. Stone, no stranger to films with strikingly timely subject matter and loud, yet often profound, statements, who has tackled subjects ranging from the Vietnam War to multiple Presidents to the great tragedy of 9/11, is prepared to leverage his 62 years against the modern financial system.

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, which will star Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon, and Frank Langella, will tell the story of a young Wall Street trader named Jake Moore (LaBeouf) who partners with the disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko (a role to which Douglas will return) on a mission to alert the financial community to the coming downturn as well as discover who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.

During the interview, Stone admits that "he never expected high finance to serve again as a tableau for his storytelling." Though Wall Street 2 is especially pertinent, with the unemployment rate at an all time high and the our national debt ever climbing, Stone's film will provide more than social commentary. Perhaps most of all, Wall Street 2 will be a film about second chances. Of the character Gordon Gekko, Stone says: "When Gekko comes out of prison in the beginning of this movie, he essentially has to redefine himself, redefine his character." Stone's own father was a prominent Wall Street broker, but Stone decided early not to follow in his father's footsteps.

This film, though, has provided him an ample amount of research. Now that the financial system has been brought to its knees recently, Stone feels that Wall Street 2 may prove to rectify some of the longstanding unintended consequences of Wall Street, showing us come 2010 that redemption is the trophy for proving one's virtue in the face of great trial. To read the entire in-depth interview, head over to the NY Times.

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  • ConnachtFan
    George W Bush should play a cameo......
  • eman
    Communist junk.
  • SC
    Communist? Really now?
  • ConnachtFan
    Enlighten us eman,,,So what exactly is a communist ?
  • Frank
    I love all these liberal millionaires yelling at us from their penthouses "Capitalism is evil!" OK, Messrs. Stone and Moore, please be the first to donate your own sizable paychecks to the cause. What's that I hear? Crickets?
  • J.D.
    While waiting for Oliver Stone's "Wall Street 2" to come out, I found a movie about stock market corruption called "Stock Shock." It exposes all sorts of market corruption. "Stock Shock" follows several Sirius XM investors through their experience of watching their stock go from almost ten dollars a share---down to 5 cents/share. "Stock Shock" suggests this might be due to "naked short selling" and other market manipulation by high rollers on Wall Street. I don't know if I'm a believer, but at least it gives a good review of how our stock markets are engineered. Amazon.com has it and stockshockmovie.com
  • mos
    i think a new wall street would be welcome. it was relevant then and it'll be more than relevant now. its also another chance for stone to get on his soapbox but whatever. long live gecko
  • Xav
    Hello, I wouldn't like to start a Political debate here but from my point of view Oliver Stone has lost any credibility earned during his career. Why? Let me clarify first that having different points of view about things (in general) is the essence of any open society, even in matters as clear as 9/11. BUT, Shouldn't a well renowned film Director be more careful about the things he does/says?? Especially when it comes to international geo-political matters. By going to the MOSTRA DI VENEZIA 2009 (film festival) hand in hand with the infamous Dictator Hugo Chavez and giving lectures about how "ideal" the Hugo Chavez society is has made him reach the height of stupidity. Unfortunately for Venezuelan citizens Hugo Chavez is the host of a terrorist country. For those who are not familiarized with this Kind soul (as Stone would say) among other deeds he: Led a Coup d’état attempt in his own country in 1992 Shut down 285 “annoying” radio and TV Stations Distributes weapons to all "Bolivarian" revolutionary movements in the region ( "FARC" for instance) Constantly destabilize politically weak countries in the area with the objective of dragging them into "bolivarian" cause. Large-scale drugs trafficking . He uses it as a major financing source for his objectives. ... The list is very large Can not say Oliver Stone is a bad director but just for the principle, I wont spend my money on his films
  • Syn
    ^ Talk much??
  • mxr5150
    #5 - Took all of the words right out of my mouth. Thank you.
  • Colin
    Will Dr Cox ( John C Mc Ginley ) from Scrubs be in this one???? he was great in the first
  • Phillip
    They are just dying to do a film about the current state of wall street. Just can't come up with a good plot. This is already being reported as a disaster before they have even begun.
  • Al
    yeah #5 gets it.
  • Audioout
    This reeks of Basic Instinct 2... and Basic Instinct 2 REALLY reeked.
  • Jeremy
    If they really want this movie to resonate, then I hope it covers the evils of the Federal Reserve, who is the real culprit of America's economic downfall. Go Ron Paul. End The Fed.
  • DR DTX
    With the US -----and especially Hollywood and media -now almost entirely underwritten by the most awesomely genocidal regime in history ---across the Pacific ---WHY is our 'daring outsider' -son of a stockbroker and former Yalie -Stone -boring us with another retread from his PC comfort-zone? I mean -Hollywood hiding the 'peacetime' slaughter of 70 million human beings ---isn't just yesterday's rolling papers!

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