Yes, that’s right, “Wall Street 2″ is in the works, featuring the unstoppable Shia LeBoeuf as “innocent guy who gets in over his head”. Now, you all know my position on remakes — which this probably isn’t — I think they’re unnecessary at best, and at worst, indicative of an extremely lazy work ethic on the part of Tinsel Town’s writing workforce. In this case, it’s probably both.
IMDB has this: “As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor.” So hey, it’s timely as well as thrilling.
Oliver Stone returns to the now-franchise that he spawned in 1987. And weirdest of all, Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko. Apparently greed is good. Frank Langella plays Shia’s deceased mentor, and Susan Sarandon plays his mother, which, if you remember the last thing Shia said about his own mother, makes me afraid for her. But it’s at least understandable in her case — have you seen her lately?
I imagine this came about like so: Hollywood Exec #1: Hey, did you hear about Wall Street crashing?
Exec #2: Are you kidding me? I was so upset I almost skipped today’s coke session with Young Starlet Hoping For a Break #57!
Exec #1: Bro, we need to jump on this while it’s still in the public’s mind. What do we have about Wall Street?
Exec #2: I think … “Wall Street”?
Exec #1: Dude! A movie CALLED “Wall Street”? Perfect! Who’s in it?
Exec #2: Michael Douglas, I think. *sniff*
Exec #1: *a little crestfallen* Oh. *brightens* Hey, we could put Shia in this!
Exec #2: Chia? Chia LePet?
Exec #1: Hahahahaha! That never gets old. Seriously, get The Beef on the phone pronto. I need to go dip into the secretarial pool. All this innovation makes me HOT!
Obviously, I’m very excited about this.