Cameron Crowe seems to be using the next twelve months as the launchpad for a return to the spotlight, with two documentaries and a new feature all coming from the director, after he had been gone since Elizabethtown bombed in 2005. If this barrage of projects pays off, he might end up going back to familiar territory, as ThompsonOnHollywood learned from him that a sequel to his 1989 hit Say Anything… might become a reality.
The idea of follow-ups to movies that you wouldn’t expect to have a sequel isn’t all that new —Before Sunset is one of the more famous examples — but I still can’t say in all honesty that I ever imagined this. His details on it are admittedly scant, but this seems to be the first we’ve heard of it. His quote on the project can be read below:
“I do kind of think there might be another chapter to that. I’ve thought about it from time to time, and talked to John Cusack about it. Lloyd Dobler might be back. It’s the only thing I’ve written that I would consider doing that with.”
I don’t know if Crowe would want to go back to old territory, seeing as he’s just getting back into filmmaking after a long break — aren’t there more original stories for him to tell? I know that you can do new things with old characters, but the thematic purpose behind it doesn’t seem entirely clear to me. One can make the argument that this would be used as a way of exploring the effects of aging about 25 years, and yet it eludes me how these people who we’ve already seen are the best way of doing that. So, while I am admittedly curious what a sequel could bring, that doesn’t change the fact that I don’t quite get the point.
Would you want a sequel to Say Anything…? What direction do you think the characters could be taken in?
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