Brett Ratner In Talks to Direct ‘Midnight Run 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2013 at 9:12 am,

Midnight Run 2 is one of those belated sequels to a 1980s classic that (similar to Ghostbusters 3 and Beetlejuice 2) has begun inching ever closer to becoming a reality in recent years. Universal pushed harder to get the ball rolling on this project last year, when it hired on Timothy Dowling (Role Models, This Means War) to pen the screenplay.

The studio has since recruited writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett (Four Brothers, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) to rewrite Dowling’s script draft. Deadline says that negotiations have also begun to get Brett Ratner to direct the Midnight Run sequel, which original stars Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin have both expressed an interest in reuniting for.

Now, it’s fair to say that many film fanatics consider the phrase “Brett Ratner will direct” to be the kiss of death for just about any project. However, Midnight Run 2 should be the sort of mismatched buddy action-comedy that Ratner has proven best at handling – whether it be with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour movies, or the ensemble cast in last year’s Tower Heist.

Bear in mind, Ratner is also currently working to pull together his Hercules: The Thracian War comic book adaptation, with Dwayne Johnson lined up to portray the eponymous ancient world warrior. So, if Universal suddenly decides to fast-track development on Midnight Run 2, that could force Ratner to take a pass – though, that scenario doesn’t seem all too likely to happen.

midnight run 2 Brett Ratner In Talks to Direct Midnight Run 2

Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin in ‘Midnight Run’

Midnight Run was directed by Martin Brest back during his heyday (when he was fresh off helming Beverly Hills Cop) and works as well as it does thanks largely to the chemistry between De Niro and Grodin – as gruff ex-cop-turned bounty hunter Jack Walsh and mild-mannered accountant Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas, respectively – along with a script by George Gallo (Bad Boys) that has fun playing with the conventions of the buddy genre.

That’s all to say: the original Midnight Run is one of those movies where everything just clicked right into place. The prospect of said success being replicated some 25 years later, with the involvement of a filmmaking crew whose collective resume ranges from serviceably solid to pretty mediocre – that’s not exactly something we’d bet heavily in favor of turning out well.

But, of course, simply because Midnight Run 2 isn’t something that we (and most people, probably) really want at this point doesn’t mean we aren’t going to be getting it regardless. So we will be sure to continue keeping you up-to-date on the status of the project – and hope for the best.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Only if Deniro and Grodin return. Otherwise, no thanks.

    • the script was dynamite
      Grodin and Deniro were both oscar worthy
      supporting cast was perfect Joe Pantoliano John Ashton Dennis Farina
      the score was gorgeous
      Trivia .. it is Ben Afflecks favourite movie

  2. So what, there was a huge fan segment clamoring for this?

  3. Here we go yet again. Another pointless sequel to an 80s classic. One day, just one day they’ll be no more sequels/ remakes / reboots etc that can be done to classic movies. One day hopefully very soon..

  4. So dumb.

  5. The original was fantastic! I agree with Jeff above – “Only if Deniro and Grodin return” the chemistry between those two worked and without both or either of them, this sequel DOES NOT WORK!

  6. I loved the original. Not sure about a sequel, if they did one long time ago it would work. But if it goes through then I will only see it if DeNiro and Grodin are apart of it, otherwise no thanks.

  7. I really liked Midnight Run and now that I think of it it’s been a while since I’ve watched it so maybe I’ll try to find the time to check it out again.
    Like Sandy mentions in the article Brett Ratner has become the kiss of death for a movie when I hear he’s directing.
    And I’m one of the few who actually likes X-Men The Last Stand. It’s just that everything else he’s done I struggle to even finish. Especially Tower Heist which IMO was one of the worst movies of last year. And of the many many films I’ve rated on IMBD it’s among the small number that I rated a 1.
    Yeah, I admit it. I’m the geek who immediately after seeing a movie goes to the site to rate it.

  8. first of all this film is a classic for them to even think of making a sequel its absurd. Deniro and Grodin had a good chemistry working together it doesnt make no sense if they ever hire some other actors for this sequel skeptically I might be wrong, if this is happening then hopefully Ratner comes up with an impressive story for this project.

  9. One of my all time favourite movies..A sequel?…I think they should leave well alone!

  10. Don’t forget Marvin!

  11. deniro is way to old to be running around like in the 1st. i just dont see the point in this. jack has to re-capture the duke again, only to let him go in the end…again?

  12. I hope it is as good as the first. And i hope they get de Niro and Grodin.