Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Oliver Stone Signed to Direct 'Wall Street 2'

Hollywood Reporter writes:
The plot line for the new "Wall Street" iteration has not been divulged, but it will pick up with corporate raider Gordon Gekko, the character for which Douglas won a best actor Oscar more than 20 years ago. Gekko's larger-than-life presence will once again loom over a younger upstart looking to navigate the shark-tank world of today's Wall Street...Allan Loeb ("21," "The Baster") was hired to rewrite the long-developing project in the fall and has apparently turned in a script strong enough to corral Stone, who reportedly was very cool to the idea of a sequel. Ed Pressman, who produced the original film, is producing the follow-up as well.
The original Wall Street delivered a mixed message. The excitment and world of the day to day activities of Bud Fox were portrayed very accurately.

But, there also was quite a bit too much politically correct nonsense about the evils of takeovers, and moralizing about insider trading. The underground popularity of the film to this day on Wall Street is in large part possible because the politically correct stuff is ignored.

No one on the Street remembers the politically correct message, but they all have their favorite Gordon Gekko line, such as:

Lunch is for wimps.
What's worth doing is worth doing for money.
The most valuable commodity I know of is information.
Ever wonder why fund managers can't beat the S&P 500? 'Cause they're sheep, and sheep get slaughtered.
Blue Horse Shoe Loves Anacot Steel

What Wall Street will Stone and Michael Douglas show us this time? The savvy hedge fund traders or the evil Henry Paulson types that are in bed with the government?