Midnight Run sequel to gain original cast?
The previous news was that the sequel to Midnight Run, the film by Martin Brest starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, was set to only see De Niro return may have been a little early in the way of rumours, for now there's word that Grodin may return to the film too.
Initially the story was that De Niro would return to play the bounty hunter but would chase the son of the character that Grodin played in the original, and apparently Grodin wasn't even approached originally. Now he is, and he suggests he might even be interested.
Charles Grodin last appeared in the earth shattering It Runs in the Family, after that film he stopped acting, and from seeing what the film was you might be forgiven for thinking that he stopped because of that terrible film, not so. The reason he stopped was because he wanted to be at home with his family, and that was the driving force that helped him turn down a lot of films, including his return to the Muppet films, something I remember seeing him in.
However since then he's been filling his time doing much better things with his life, fighting for the injustices against poor, first time offenders who are given hugely unfair and inhumane sentences. A damn good guy all around.
According to the star himself:
"I've been led to believe by someone I won't name that they will ask me and I will consider it."
Still, he doesn't sound sold on the idea, and from the way he's talking I wonder if they will manage to convince him to return.
"What I remember is there were 18 locations, including New Zealand, and for me, it isn't so much the acting as it is the travel and the waiting. I started in movies in 1963 and the first big one was Rosemary's Baby in 1967. While you don't notice it right away, it finally dawns on you that 80% of the time, you're doing nothing. Where I am right now, trying to get people out of prison and get laws changed, it is a funny twist that Bob De Niro's once again trying to put an innocent man in prison, while I am trying to get them out."
He's convinced me. I'd rather he was where he was and doing the good he's doing rather than appearing in a lacklustre sequel to Midnight Run. Seriously, how good can it really be?
Judging by the sequels to great films from the past we've been seeing, it's not looking good. Then looking at De Niro's career of late, I'm not getting that fired up.
I don't know, even if Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro got back together for the film, I just can't help but think that it's going to be a shadow of its former self.