It’s been twenty-two years since Oliver Stone introduced the world to Gordon Gekko and the now-infamous (and often misquoted) catch phrase, “Greed…for lack of a better word…is good” in his excellent financial drama Wall Street. The sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleep, recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France and is receiving mixed reviews so far.
In a recent interview, Reuters spoke with writer/director Oliver Stone and asked him if we might see yet another sequel twenty-two years from now.
“Why not? We left it open at the end in a way on which we can hang a “Wall Street 3.” We’ll have Gekko back and maybe Josh Brolin, too.”
I’m a Michael Douglas fan, but in the year 2032 the actor will be 88 years old. I’m not sure how threatening Gordon Gekko can be from a nursing home. Others have suggested that if Wall Street 2 is a financial success for 20th Century Fox, perhaps we won’t have to wait that long to see Gekko and company up on the big screen one more time.
I’m a huge fan of Stone’s original film, so I have high hopes for Wall Street 2 – both in terms of overall quality, and as an opportunity for Shia LaBeouf to regain some favor in the public eye after Transformers 2. I think the kid has a lot of talent and I’m hoping that being surrounded by quality actors like Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella will bring the best out of him.