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Cameron Crowe says he could still write Say Anything 2

06.02.2015

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Writer/director Cameron Crowe was on fire early on in his career, dishing out coming-of-age tales SAY ANYTHING and SINGLES right out the gate. He then dived into major critical success with JERRY MAGUIRE before delivering the fan-favorite ALMOST FAMOUS, thus cementing himself in the minds of cinephiles everywhere. Many years later came Elizabethtown, then WE BOUGHT A ZOO and now we have ALOHA. As you can see, he's started an unfortunate trend of movies that have really missed the mark (you can check out our review of ALOHA here). Perhaps it's because of this that a sequel to SAY ANYTHING could become a very real possibility.

There have been rumblings in the past about a possible sequel TV show (that thankfully died) and even from Crowe and SAY ANYTHING star John Cusack about returning to the character of Lloyd Dobler in a feature-film, but Crowe recently spoke out about the sequel once again and it seems the man has more than a few ideas that he'd like to put on paper.

Cameron Crowe on the possibility of a SAY ANYTHING 2:

I’ve even thought about revisiting Lloyd Dobler, to write about a stage in life where you’re looking at parenthood, wondering about your choices, and reconsidering some of the choices you made in past relationships. I don’t know if it would be a straight sequel. I just have ideas. It comes down to a few basic things.

I really, really love writing for John Cusack. We have similarities as guys that really benefits him being a mouthpiece for stuff we both want to say. I haven’t quite figured it out. I only mentioned it to him once. In the spirit of the Truffaut movies, where Antoine Doinel would comeback and be in a different context, I really did think that Lloyd could be worth revisiting in maybe a completely different context. So, I don’t know. I guess it would be a spiritual followup. I don’t know how strict of a sequel it would be. I don’t know which characters would appear or reappear. It just feels like a character I could still write for.

SAY ANYTHING, while charming, isn't my favorite Crowe film (that goes to VANILLA SKY) so I'm a little indifferent about the idea of a sequel. To be honest, I don't see why Crowe couldn't just write a new project for Cusack about a man dealing with some of the issues mentioned above. When you make a sequel, people expect callbacks and will draw inevitable comparisons. Keep it separate, call it a "spiritual sequel" if you like, and that goes down smoother. Crowe doesn't strike me as a guy who would get pressured by the studio to do anything like this (given his recent busts) so I certainly hope that isn't the case.

Cameron Crowe's latest feature, ALOHA, is now in theaters if you dare...

say-anything-john-cusack-ione-sykeSeriously, who didn't fall for Ione Skye while watching SAY ANYTHING?

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8:00PM on 06/02/2015
Before Midnight anyone?
Before Midnight anyone?
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5:54PM on 06/02/2015
Hey look it's the typical my last few movies have sucked & flopped, now let's make a sequel to one of my few actual hits. How lame is this?
Hey look it's the typical my last few movies have sucked & flopped, now let's make a sequel to one of my few actual hits. How lame is this?
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12:23PM on 06/02/2015
Crow'e problem is the same as Michael Mann's. They take a hot young star and plug them in as a cheap analog for whichever actor they made their bones with. Michael Mann has been trying to find the New Don Johnson/William Petersen forever. Cameron Crowe keeps trying to re-create Lloyd Dobler in various settings. They don't change with the times, they only slightly update their references and plug in whoever is hot from the last couple of years. It's a formula that shows its age and lack of
Crow'e problem is the same as Michael Mann's. They take a hot young star and plug them in as a cheap analog for whichever actor they made their bones with. Michael Mann has been trying to find the New Don Johnson/William Petersen forever. Cameron Crowe keeps trying to re-create Lloyd Dobler in various settings. They don't change with the times, they only slightly update their references and plug in whoever is hot from the last couple of years. It's a formula that shows its age and lack of self-awareness real quickly and it's sad to see two pretty strong film makers devolve like this.
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11:46AM on 06/02/2015
I've unfortunately never seen Say Anything but I'm upvoting because of the shout out to Vanilla Sky as your favorite of Crowe's, I love that movie :)
I've unfortunately never seen Say Anything but I'm upvoting because of the shout out to Vanilla Sky as your favorite of Crowe's, I love that movie :)
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11:31AM on 06/02/2015
Reminds me of The Blue Brothers 2000 in which it's the total opposite of what makes The Blue Brothers a Classic. Say Anything is a classic as it is. There's no need for sequel. Same goes with The Breakfast Club. I brought this up because Crowe said he wanted to revisit the character. Do we really need to revisit characters in classic film? Do we need to revisit how The Breakfast Club members do as they've grown up? No. Just leave the classic the way it is.
Reminds me of The Blue Brothers 2000 in which it's the total opposite of what makes The Blue Brothers a Classic. Say Anything is a classic as it is. There's no need for sequel. Same goes with The Breakfast Club. I brought this up because Crowe said he wanted to revisit the character. Do we really need to revisit characters in classic film? Do we need to revisit how The Breakfast Club members do as they've grown up? No. Just leave the classic the way it is.
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11:23AM on 06/02/2015

SAY ANYTHING is a classic

besides, Richard Linklater has pretty much gone there with his BEFORE ... series. If he wants to work with John Cusack again, that's cool but I think he needs to work on original projects.
besides, Richard Linklater has pretty much gone there with his BEFORE ... series. If he wants to work with John Cusack again, that's cool but I think he needs to work on original projects.
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10:58AM on 06/02/2015
Say Anything is a classic (in my opinion). No need for a forced sequel. Just take some time and come up with something new, fresh, and exciting that compares to the quality of your earlier work.
Say Anything is a classic (in my opinion). No need for a forced sequel. Just take some time and come up with something new, fresh, and exciting that compares to the quality of your earlier work.
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