Will there be a Sci-Fi “Con Air” Sequel?

Con Air

From “Con Air” (1997)

Ah Con Air.  The most Michael Bay-esque movie that has nothing to do with Michael Bay.  When it comes to pre-Y2K action filmmaking, it’s got everything you need: nonsensical plot, deranged villain, high-velocity confrontation, Nicolas Cage.  A true testament of the notion that “they don’t make ’em like they used to.”  Yes, it’s a stupid movie, but if watching Con Air doesn’t get you even a little excited, then there’s a good chance you don’t have a pulse.  I recommend going to doctor and getting that checked out, by the way.

Con Air was a box-office success when it came out in 1997, so it’s safe to assume that the idea of a sequel has to be brewing somewhere in the vast wasteland that is corporate Hollywood.  Though nothing has been (even remotely) confirmed, Con Air director Simon West did have this to say during an interview with ScreenDaily:

I would do [Con Air 2] if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys.

Naturally, this should all be taken with a grain of salt.  West made it clear in the interview that “if it was clever writing it could work,” which means that nothing has actually come out of this, and there is probably no drafted script to speak of.  The “Con Air” in space idea is simply that–an idea.

But what an idea that would be!  It’s completely nuts, but it also kind of makes sense.  The first Con Air is absolutely ludicrous, and action sequels have a tendency to be even more insane than their predecessors.  Setting the next one in space is about as  logical as a “next step” could be.  Seriously, how else are they supposed to top an airplane full of angry, violent convicts?

A spaceship full of angry, violent convicts, that’s how.

With robots and genetically-enhanced bad guys who are good guys and good guys who are bad guys.

Fighting against a cloned John Malkovich (my idea, not West’s).

Just take a moment and imagine how awesome that would be.

Alas, Con Air: the Sci-Fi Experience is probably never going to happen. It’s been 17 years since we last saw good-ol-boy turned ex-con Nic Cage duking it out with John Malkovich, which means Con Air is teetering on “reboot” territory.  And if we do ever get a proper sequel, I’ve got money on the fact that it’s going to play up the nostalgia and give us more of the same.

Via: Slash Film


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