Is Robert De Niro’s Return To ‘Midnight Run’ Actually A Remake?

Last weekend, Deadline Hollywood gave us some insight into the behind-the-scenes of Hollywood when noted actor Robert De Niro shuffled around his representation. In the midst of the changes, a number of his upcoming projects came to light, including a role in Lee Daniels’ follow-up to “Precious” and another in the Paul Weitz-directed adaptation of “Another Bulls–t Night in Suck City.”

There was also mention of a De Niro classic, “Midnight Run.” It was actually written in the Deadline Hollywood story as “mid-development on another ’Midnight Run.'” A number of outlets have reported on this as being a sequel to the 1988 action/comedy starring De Niro and Charles Grodin. I’m not so sure that’s the case, and it’s De Niro’s own words which lead me to that conclusion.

In early December, the actor stopped by “The Today Show” for a chat with Matt Lauer. A joke from the show’s host about remakes led De Niro to drop the hint that he’s got some plans in that direction.

“Well I’d like to make a couple of remakes,” he said. “There’s one in particular that I’ve been thinking about, that i did about 20, 25 years ago. But i’m thinking seriously of doing it, with another actor.” De Niro then went on to say that he wasn’t ready to talk about it, but it’s a Universal film. Looking back over the actor’s resume, there’s one movie that fits the bill: “Midnight Run.”

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It’s not really clear what the plan is, if De Niro’s comment about getting “another actor” means he wants to recast the Grodin role or bring in a new duo to star, with him taking more of a cameo or even behind-the-scenes role. Between this interview with Lauer and the “mid-development” news on “another ’Midnight Run,'” it’s logical to speculate that the two are connected and that the suspected sequel is, in fact, a remake.

Would you rather see a “Midnight Run” sequel or a “Midnight Run” remake? Should De Niro reprise his role? Who else should he bring in?