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.
Speaking 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.