Peter Berg Says He’s Meeting with Writers for a Sequel to THE RUNDOWN; Looking to Team Dwayne Johnson with an Unnamed Actor

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The other day, Steve did the press junket for Lone Survivor, and he sent me an e-mail asking if I had any questions for director Peter Berg.  I didn’t, but I told Steve to tell Berg that I adore his 2003 action-adventure film, The Rundown.  For those who haven’t seen it, it’s similar to Midnight Run in that a tough guy (Dwayne Johnson) has to retrieve a squirrelly, meeker guy (Seann William Scott), but Berg’s film distinguishes itself with exciting set pieces and delightful performances, especially from Chistopher Walken.  It’s my favorite Peter Berg film, but after ten years, I had given up any hope of a sequel.

But other fans have kept that hope alive, and now their patience might be rewarded.  Berg says he’s actively developing a sequel.  Hit the jump for more on The Rundown 2 (unofficial title, but it feels good just to write that).  Lone Survivor opens in limited release on December 27th and goes wide on January 10th.

the-rundown-set-photo-peter-berg-dwayne-johnsonBerg was tight-lipped on any details regarding the sequel, but the larger point is that he’s currently meeting with writers, and spoken with Johnson about coming back.  Additionally, Berg has an actor in mind to co-star with Johnson, so that probably means that Scott is out.

As for when this film will happen, first they need to find the writers.  In the meantime, Berg is attached to direct American Desperado starring Mark Wahlberg as super-criminal Jon Roberts, who was born into Mafia royalty, ran guns for the CIA, smuggled cocaine for the Medellin cartel, and brushed elbows with the likes of Richard Pryor and Jimi Hendrix.  While all of this is well and good, does it involve dual-wielding shotguns?  I doubt it.

Here’s the transcript of Steve talking with Berg about The Rundown sequel:

Collider:  Does it ever get old with people asking you about a sequel to The Rundown?

PETER BERG: No, never.  And we just met with writers, so we’re trying to do it.

Shut.  Up.  I did not expect that answer.

BERG: (laughs) I really want to do it.  I’ve talked to Dwayne.  I have an actor in mind that I can’t say that I want to work with Dwayne on it, and we want to do it.

Really?

BERG:  Yeah, we’re meeting with writers now.

So you have an idea?

BERG:  Yes.

Son of a bitch.  I think fans are going to be very excited.

BERG: I want to do it. 

I really want this to happen.

BERG: I do too.

If you haven’t seen The Rundown, and want a taste, here’s one of the fight scenes:

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  • VicManMan

    Sweet! But it would be weird without Scott. Their chemistry was half the reason that movie was awesome. (Walken being the other half)

    • Nemesis11

      yeah and the Arnold cameo was cool too.

    • LEM

      It should be Scott, who never kept out of trouble, has to track down Rock. He now has his little restaurant but is having trouble keeping it open and Scotts character is again looking for some treasure but this time he is selling the item for a massive payout and will split it with Rock if he helps him get the treasure.

      • Leo Spaceman

        If they do bring back Scott, they should have the story say that they haven’t seen each other since their last escapade. There would have to be some kind of joke based on the fact that Rock 2.0 looks like he ate The Rock from the Rundown.

        Anybody else remember that before and after picture of The Rock, it has the title “Only the Rock can make the Rock look like a Sissy”

    • LEM

      It should be Scott, who never kept out of trouble, has to track down Rock. He now has his little restaurant but is having trouble keeping it open and Scotts character is again looking for some treasure but this time he is selling the item for a massive payout and will split it with Rock if he helps him get the treasure.

  • Nemesis11

    Fantastic news. Now this is sequel i really want to see. Rundown is Peter Berg’s best movie yet. Action was fierce and Rock, Scott and Walken all were great in this.
    It still surprises me why it wasn’t a hit. Hope the sequel does better.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Didn’t we already have the sequel? It was that awesome movie where the Rock goes to Brazil to catch someone and return him to America but once he catches him he realizes who the real enemy is and teams up with the person he was supposed to hunt to destroy an evil business man first and then once they become friends he decides to let him go.

  • MJ

    WHY?

    • gwiz30

      Why not?

    • gwiz30

      Why not?

  • MJ

    WHY?

  • Sten

    Arnie and The Rock. ’nuff said.

  • Sten

    Arnie and The Rock. ’nuff said.

  • Brad

    “The other day, Steve did the press junket for Lone Survivor, and he sent me an e-mail asking if I had any questions for director Peter Berg. I didn’t, but I told Steve to tell Berg that I adore his 2003 action-adventure film, The Rundown.” Of course you didn’t have a question. That would require some curiosity about the world. And as if Berg gives a shit about a virgin blogger’s opinion, especially one who needs everything to be AWESOME.

  • Brad

    “The other day, Steve did the press junket for Lone Survivor, and he sent me an e-mail asking if I had any questions for director Peter Berg. I didn’t, but I told Steve to tell Berg that I adore his 2003 action-adventure film, The Rundown.” Of course you didn’t have a question. That would require some curiosity about the world. And as if Berg gives a shit about a virgin blogger’s opinion, especially one who needs everything to be AWESOME.

  • http://trangsucdaquy.vn/ thạch anhh

    But
    other fans have kept that hope alive, and now their patience might be
    rewarded. Berg says he’s actively developing a sequel. Hit the jump
    for more on The Rundown 2 (unofficial title, but it feels good just to write that)
    Read more at http://trangsucdaquy.vn/

  • http://trangsucdaquy.vn/ thạch anhh

    But
    other fans have kept that hope alive, and now their patience might be
    rewarded. Berg says he’s actively developing a sequel. Hit the jump
    for more on The Rundown 2 (unofficial title, but it feels good just to write that)
    Read more at http://trangsucdaquy.vn/

  • Brick

    Calling it here first: Miles Teller is costarring.

  • Brick

    Calling it here first: Miles Teller is costarring.

  • Steven

    Great movie but it suffered from having its name changed in different regions.

    It was “The Rundown” to the US but “Welcome to the Jungle” where I’m from. Also its several years old at this point.

  • Steven

    Great movie but it suffered from having its name changed in different regions.

    It was “The Rundown” to the US but “Welcome to the Jungle” where I’m from. Also its several years old at this point.

    • ra

      I dont think it matters. Dwayne Johnson is in it.

    • ra

      I dont think it matters. Dwayne Johnson is in it.

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  • alk

    great, another sequel nobody wants. i’m sure at this point, Seann William Scott would be thrilled not to be considered for this crap.

    • Jason Richards

      The Run Down is actually a really good action comedy. Very underrated and I wouldn’t mind seeing a second one.Although, I think it’s a bit messed up that they won’t have Seann William Scott in the sequel. He had good chemistry with the Rock.

    • Jason Richards

      The Run Down is actually a really good action comedy. Very underrated and I wouldn’t mind seeing a second one.Although, I think it’s a bit messed up that they won’t have Seann William Scott in the sequel. He had good chemistry with the Rock.

  • alk

    great, another sequel nobody wants. i’m sure at this point, Seann William Scott would be thrilled not to be considered for this crap.

  • i AN LEGEND

    YES!

  • i AN LEGEND

    YES!

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  • Cain Snarko

    Aww, c’mon, it wouldn’t be the same without SWS bringing the thunder…and the lightning!

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  • JudgeMethos

    Never understood why the movie wasn’t bigger than it was. It was a great movie!

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