Say Anything sequel?
You may remember Say Anything for a rather iconic scene, John Cusack standing with a ridiculously sized sound system, by today's standards anyway, playing Peter Gabriel's Red Rain while Ione Skye awakes rather confused and looks out the window. It's a great cinematic moment, and one that the director wants to repeat.
Cameron Crowe has openly admitted this is the only one of his films that he wants to revist, and while he might just be responding to the usually targeted questions of the media, it does sound as though he might just consider it.
It's been over twenty-one years since we first saw Lloyd Dobler the high school oddity chase after the unobtainable dream girl, capturing the high school dreams of just about every man out there. It was a story a lot of us could relate to, falling for the unobtainable girl, and the romantic side of the film was odd but very touching too. Then of course there was the humour, the timing and the great script, it all just worked.
So why revisit Say Anything? Well Cameron Crowe would like to see where Lloyd and Diane are since the 1989 film, and he should know since he wrote and directed the original, and if anyone is going to make a worthwhile sequel to it, it's him.
"I do kind of think there might be another chapter to that...I've thought about it from time to time, and talked to John Cusack about it. Lloyd Dobler might be back. It's the only thing I've written that I would consider doing that with."
Now again, let me put context on this one, Crowe was directly asked about a sequel to Say Anything while he was out promoting his music documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, and that's what he said, so yes it was a very led question and anyone worth their salt should know in Hollywood that you should never close down an option.
Still, there's the question that's now out there, for fans of the original is it worth visiting them in future years, or will it just become another film about the troubles of middle age love and life with the names of the original characters? Will it become a little like High Fidelity perhaps? That certainly does have some shared feelings with Say Anything.
Is a sequel just going to forget everything that made the original so great? Would Jeremy Piven return?