Love him or hate him, Brett Ratner is a guy who has no shortage of upcoming projects on his plate. Recently he has been in the process of lining up even more new gigs with development moving forward on Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson and a deal also in place for I Want My MTV over at Sony. Now this week, Deadline brings news that Ratner is also in talks to direct the upcoming sequel to Midnight Run. While I’m sure fans of the original will be dismayed to hear this news, I have to admit… he actually seems like an appropriate choice.
According to Deadline, Universal has hired screenwriters David Elliot and Paul Lovett (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Four Brothers) to rewrite the script for Midnight Run 2 with Brett Ratner in line to direct. Tim Dowling (This Means War, Role Models) wrote the previous draft. The sequel has been in the works for a couple of years now; Robert De Niro is attached to reprise his role as bounty hunter Jack Walsh and also to produce through his company Tribeca Productions. As for Charles Grodin… well, his involvement is still up in the air.
Grodin has essentially been retired from acting since the mid-’90s, although he did have a role in the 2006 Zach Braff romantic comedy The Ex. However, back in 2010, Grodin stated that he would be interested in returning for Midnight Run 2 if he was asked. I guess it all depends on where they decide to take the story. As for Brett Ratner, he’s got experience with buddy comedies and I happen to like the first two Rush Hour films, so I think he could probably pull it off. What do you think… do we really need a Midnight Run 2 and do you trust Brett Ratner not to butcher it?