'Midnight Run 2' Gets New Writers with Brett Ratner Ready to Direct

March 21, 2012
Source: Deadline

Midnight Run

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.

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  • Liverhead28
    Is it April 1st already? This has GOT to be a joke.
    • son_et_lumiere
      yep. i didn't think De Niro's star had sunk quite this low. it's Brett Ratner. and it's been *24 years*. why is this suddenly a goer? no doubt if Grodin's not tempted, Chris Tucker will appear.
  • Xerxexx
    Hey Billington have you seen the original yet?
  • BinaryBob101
    No way will Grodin take a part in this.  He's an old man.
  • DaveLister_JMC
    "...with Brett Ratner ready to direct." That's all I need to know to dismiss any notion of seeing a film.
  • Solo_Calrissian
    In all seriousness, this was one of the greatest action / comedies I'd ever seen.  A movie that seriously, does not need a sequel.   
  • germss
    I got excited for a second, then saw the words Brett Ratner. 
  • Jcs012872
    The movie is already ruined when it was announced that Brett Ratner was going to direct!!!
  • Max Renn
    De Niro slums it these days... They should use different actors for new characters and recycle the same premise. In other words, just REMAKE it. That's all the MBA's running Hollywood these days understand anyway. And Brett Ratner sucks.
  • snot wont flush and will be dissin' the first wont make squat at the B.O...put that idea in the same trashcan with Ghostbusters 3...




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