CON AIR Director Simon West Says He’d Like to Make CON AIR 2 a “CON AIR in Space” Sequel

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One of the more curious sequel possibilities floating around the past few years has been Con Air 2.  Director Simon West’s 1997 actioner was a modest success at the box office, grossing $224 million worldwide, and while it was a classic Jerry Bruckheimer actioner with many quotable Nicolas Cage lines and a nutty John Malkovich performance, it was somewhat forgotten as the bigger and more four-quadrant friendly blockbusters of the 2000s started changing the moviegoing landscape.  However, fans of Con Air (myself included) were intrigued to hear back in 2011 that West was keen on making a Con Air sequel, and while the film has obviously failed to materialize, West recently spoke a bit more about what he’d like to do with the follow-up, and the “hook” may surprise you.  More after the jump.

con-air-2-nicolas-cageSpeaking with ScreenDaily about seeking out crowd-funding for his next feature, the action comedy Salty, West spoke about how he’d make Con Air 2:

“I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys. Something shocking. If it was clever writing it could work.”

Now clearly a script isn’t written and the project isn’t even in active development at a studio, but it’s certainly…interesting…to consider a Con Air in Space movie with reanimated super convicts.  Judging by the kinds of films that Cage says “yes” to nowadays, it actually isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility to see him signing on for such a feature, but again, no studio is involved and I would be quite surprised to see someone greenlighting a space-set Con Air sequel (though someone thought Space Truckers was a good idea, so I guess sometimes batshit crazy movies somehow sneak through).

West’s last few films, The Expendables 2, The Mechanic, and Stolen, haven’t exactly made waves, but if he were given the keys to a Con Air sequel, what would you like to see from the film?  If Bruckheimer returned as producer I could see them having some throwback 90s actioner fun (and not in the manufactured way that the Expendables franchise is “throwback”), but I’m at a loss as to story ideas—aside from Con Air in Space, obviously.

Put the bunny back in the box and sound off with what you would like to see from a Con Air sequel in the comments below, after basking in the gloriousness of the film’s trailer.

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  • Vulcan

    Didn’t they already do that with that Lockout film? When I saw the trailer, I thought “so it’s Con Spaceship?”

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I was thinkin the same thing. Movie was kinda crappy but Guy Pierce was a lot of fun to watch. Had they made the same film but not set in space w crappy special effects I think it could have done better IMO.

    • Jamesy

      My exact thoughts when I read this. Tbh I’ll always give Con Air a watch anytime it’s on tv.

  • Vulcan

    Didn’t they already do that with that Lockout film? When I saw the trailer, I thought “so it’s Con Spaceship?”

  • saturday_night_hype

    Well time to pack it in, ideas for other movies. Doesn’t get any better than that.

  • saturday_night_hype

    Well time to pack it in, ideas for other movies. Doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Old Soldier

    “Put the space herpe back in the box.”

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Simon West’s last few films haven’t been too bad – enjoyed the Expendable 2 and The Mechanic so I wouldn’t mind him coming back to direct Con Air 2: Con Harder. Any time Con Air is on TV I have to leave it on as it’s just a pure 90′s big budget action film that is just all around fun. With that being said I’m not sure if they could capture that tone again in this day in age as I think it would come off more a spoof than the straight laced film that the original one was set out to be.

  • scheebles

    You know what… but why tho?

  • TotesMcGotes

    I would watch it, but only if Malkovich came back as a cyborg or something.

    • MCP

      Don’t move or the bunny gets it.

  • appolox

    Well if Jason Pinhead and Leprechaun can go to space I don’t see a reason why things like Con Air Die Hard and Rambo can’t go. Though it didn’t exactly work out for Lockout.

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  • Guest

    Didn’t we already get this with that horrid movie Lockout that nobody remembers a few years ago?

  • Mark Tomocik

    Still a fan of con air…but ya…that sounds f’n awful.

  • Steven

    This is the type of idea you create when your high.

    Con Air 2 could work if they did a similar plot to the original with a different cast of mad men.

    You could bring back Cusack and Cage for sure.

  • lobtaylor

    I prefered Face Off….I was mad about Face Off ,awesome movie.

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  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Cue the “In Space” race.

  • Dustin Horton

    Con air in space? Wtf?

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  • rodriguez256

    Sure why the hell not.

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