"Looks like I'm walking."
Those were the last words uttered by bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) just before the closing credits rolled in "Midnight Run," stranded in Los Angeles because his would-be cab driver couldn't break a thousand dollar bill.
Now, 24 years later, we'll soon be seeing whether Jack opened that coffee shop with the $200,000 given to him by his former bounty, mob accountant Jonathan 'The Duke' Mardukas (Charles Grodin), in "Midnight Run 2," according to Deadline.
Brett Ratner, who admittedly gave us another pretty great mismatched pair in the "Rush Hour" series, will be directing the sequel, with De Niro set to reprise his role as Walsh. No word on whether all but retired actor Charles Grodin will be returning as Mardukas, but he apparently expressed interest in doing so if the project became a reality.
The original draft of "Midnight Run 2" was written by Timothy Dowling ("This Means War"), though Universal Pictures has recently hired David Elliot and Paul Lovett ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra") to do a re-write. De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will be producing under their Tribeca Films banner, along with Ratner's Rat Entertainment.
The original "Midnight Run," directed by Martin Brest ("Beverly Hills Cop"), is a crown jewel of the buddy action movie genre, with De Niro and Grodin showing off perfect chemistry as a foul-mouthed ex-cop and a mild-mannered, self-described "white collar criminal," respectively. It'd be a blast to see what these two are up to a quarter of a century later (though, as they're both getting up in years, we doubt they'll be braving the rapids again like they did in the first film).
No word on a start date yet, though with the script now being re-written, expect an update on the status of "Midnight Run 2" sooner rather than later.