'Midnight Run 2' Gets New Writers with Brett Ratner Ready to Direct
Two years ago there were some rumblings about Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin coming back together for a sequel to Midnight Run, the film that followed bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro), a former Chicago cop, hunting a mob accountant played by Grodin in order to collect a $100,000 fee. At the time, Tim Dowling was hired to write a script, and while De Niro was pumped to return, Grodin, who just hasn't been acting much by choice, didn't seem like he would necessarily jump at the chance. Well, now a new writers have been hired, and Brett Ratner is ready to direct, so a play may be made to get him back.
As for the writers, Deadline says David Elliot and Paul Lovett (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) will rewrite Dowling's script, and with Ratner involved, we're likely looking at something akin to his Rush Hour series, which itself was inspired by 80's cop comedies of the past anyway. As of now there's still no guarantee that Grodin will even come back for the film, but if there's enough buzz and the studio is interested, I'm sure the right paycheck could bring Grodin back. Of course, the years haven't been as kind to Grodin as they have to De Niro, so I'm not sure about the action this time around. But with Universal making moves, stay tuned.