Robert De Niro Back for a Brand New 'Midnight Run' Sequel
Another day, another sequel, right? This time, the 1988 comedy classic Midnight Run is getting a sequel at Universal, because the studio has no good ideas of their own and has decided to dig up 80's films they own in order to finally make some cash (or so they think). Deadline reports that Universal has "started the wheels moving" on a sequel to Midnight Run and has already confirmed that Robert De Niro will return to reprise his role as Los Angeles-based bounty hunter Jack Walsh. It doesn't look like director Martin Brest or writer George Gallo will be back, so they've instead hired Tim Dowling (Role Models) to write a new script.
The original Midnight Run saw De Niro's bounty hunter Jack Walsh, a former Chicago cop, hunting a mob accountant played by Charles Grodin in order to collect a $100,000 fee. I never saw it so I don't know how it was a comedy, but I can already tell you I'm not too interested in this. It sounds like Universal is just "doing what everyone else is doing" (e.g. Sony's The Bounty Hunter, Lionsgate's Killers, Fox's Knight & Day) and putting their own bounty hunter/cop comedy in development as well. No word on how far into development this is, but Deadline does say De Niro is producing through his Tribeca Productions company. Thoughts?