A sequel to 1980s cult hit Midnight Run is gathering momentum, with Robert De Niro confirming his interest in the project and a possible plot for it.
It was announced last month that, fresh from penning the script for the upcoming Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz vehicle Knight and Day, screenwriter Timothy Dowling had been hired by Universal Pictures to write Midnight Run 2.
The original, Midnight Run (1988), directed by Martin Brest, was one of the many buddy comedies to be released at the time, and featured the quintessential odd couple. De Niro was the hardened but moral ex-cop turned bounty hunter hired to track down Charles Grodin’s sensitive but conniving accountant, who has embezzled millions from the mob.
Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival, De Niro told MTV:
“Yes, we’re gonna do, hopefully, a sequel. The script is pretty good. I don’t think (Martin Brest) would direct it – we’re figuring that out now.”
Brest, the man behind Beverly Hills Cop and Scent of a Woman, hasn’t directed a film since helming the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez flop Gigli in 2003.
It is also unknown whether Grodin, who celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday, will re-appear as Jonathan ‘The Duke’ Mardukas. The actor had a cameo in 2006’s The Ex, but that has been it since appearing in It Runs in the Family in 1994.
While a bit cagey about divulging any further details, De Niro also confirmed that on the run this time would be Mardukas’ son, most likely as the comic sidekick to De Niro’s straight man, Jack Walsh.
“That where it’s going at this point. It’s (Mardukas’) kid.”
Hopefully Grodin can at least make a cameo though. Likewise several of the other original cast members.
While the chemistry between De Niro and Grodin was the key to Midnight Run‘s success, supporting players in John Ashton as Walsh’s rival bounty hunter Marvin Dorfler, Yaphet Kotto as FBI agent Alonzo Mosely, Joe Pantoliano as bail bondsman Eddie Moscone and Dennis Farina as mob boss Jimmy Serrano, were all great.
Whoever is cast, is Midnight Run 2 too little too late? How much ‘midnight running’ can De Niro do these days? And, the big question, will Shia Labeouf’s name be mentioned as a possible candidate to play Mardukas Jr.?