In 1987, Oliver Stone helmed Wall Street, a financial opus about the all-too-real mantra “Greed is good.” Now, more than twenty years later, the sequel, Money Never Sleeps, has been slated for release in September of 2010.
A Timely Release
The sequel will see Michael Douglas reprise his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko, a stockbroker who will be recently freed from a prison sentence that was acquired for insider trading. Gekko will try to warn Wall Street about the impending financial collapse, but his reputation will hinder his credibility, to say the least. Shia LeBeouf, Josh Brolin, and Carey Mulligan will also star.
To release a film on financial collapse and corruption on Wall Street seems obvious in this economic climate. The millions of Americans angry at the actions taken by large financial firms during the crisis are bound to make a great box office run, although theater workers may have more work cut out for them cleaning up all the food that will inevitably be thrown at the screen. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top on Stone’s Wall Street, and how the glorification of the corporate world has changed in the last 23 years.
Pushed Back to Autumn
The film was slated to be released April 23 but has been pushed to September in hopes of a premier at the Cannes International Film Festival. Variety reports that executives at 20th Century Fox have said that the film is better suited for an autumn, rather than summer, release. Others say Stone wanted more time to polish the film, in accordance with recent financial developments.