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After Top Gun 2 is Cocktail 2 next for Tom Cruise?

Writer of the 1988 film has written a sequel

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Brian Flanagan might get to do the hippie hippie shake while throwing a Mojito together again.

The writer of Tom Cruise’s poorly-received but still fiscally fruitful ‘80s guilty pleasure “Cocktail” is working on a sequel.

“I have a long treatment,” Heywood Gould, who also wrote the 1984 book on which the film was based on, tells Esquire. “We’ll see what happens.”

The sequel, according to Gould, takes place 15 to 20 years after the events of the Roger Donaldson-directed original.

Flanagan is a “star in the big club world,” Gould said. But he’s divorced and estranged from his twin daughters. “Now that he’s older, he’s trying to reform himself, rehabilitate his marriage and relationship with his daughters.”

Assumingly, Flanagan married Jordan – played by Elisabeth Shue in the original. Would be nice – if, she’s in the sequel script – to see the Oscar nominee back.

Considering he gunned for a “Top Gun” sequel after all these years, there’s a fair chance Tom Cruise might actually be keen to see what Gould has come up with – but at this stage, nobody that has the power to make the movie, including Cruise, have been in contact.

Personally, I love “Cocktail” – and I’m not quite sure why. It could be that it encompassed the vibrant magnet that seethed into so many Touchstone Pictures’ releases at the time… the hot soundtrack, the popping production design, the slick cinematography, the over-dramatic but fun yarn. It might also be that it was one of the few times I remember going to see a movie with my father. That didn’t happen much – in fact, I remember only going to see three or four movies with him (“In the Line of Fire” was one, we also saw “My Fellow Americans” years later together) – which is surprising considering what big film and music fans, in general, we were but it also makes it somewhat more special that it was something that only occasionally happened.

I remember walking out of “Cocktail” and having a conversation with my father about it all-the-way home – he was raving about Bryan Brown’s performance, suggesting he should’ve gotten billed on the same level as Cruise, while I was still reeling over the cool tunes I heard in the film (the opening track, Wild Again, by Starship, is etched in my mind to this day) – which included, of course, the smash-hit by The Beach Boys, ‘Kokomo’.

Gould’s original book, which I read years later, was a very different kettle of fish to the film. In fact, so was the original screenplay – or so Bryan Brown told me years later.

“You see, the film is based on this book, which was all about the dirty underbelly of celebrity and so on, but once Tom [Cruise] came onboard everything changed”, Brown explained to Moviehole “In the scene where my character kills himself, there was supposed to a bit where I beat the shit out of Tom – like really bash him up – but the studio didn’t allow it. They cut it out. Nobody beats up Tom.”

Hopefully the sequel script is a little grittier than the original’s template – not that Brown will be around to complain about it if he does; Doug Coughlin, rest in peace.

First stop Gould should make is by Roger Donaldson’s office. The born-filmmaker has expressed interest in doing a sequel to his 1988 film in the past.

“You know, there never has been talk of a sequel, not that I’m aware of, but I do agree. It’s a great idea and would make a great movie.

“I’m not dying to do sequels, but it was very successful and people loved the movie. I’m sure everyone would love to know what happened to those characters.”

We sure would – especially that wild ‘Coral’.

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Sonic going back to the workshop; moves to 2020

Paramount to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look

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Coming through on it’s promise to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look, Paramount has delayed the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie until 2020.

After the release of the recent trailer, fans of the SEGA-game freaked on Twitter over the blue animal’s human teeth, calling them “creepy” and “nightmarish.” The filmmakers went into immediate damage control, promising punters they’ll fix the look.

The pic, starring Jim Carrey, is now moving from its November 8 release to February 14, 2020 next year so the blue guy looks better for y’all.

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Rocky 7!?

Sylvester Stallone says he has a “great idea” for another “Rocky” film

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While we’ll unlikely see Creed belting his glove again, Sylvester Stallone says Rocky Balboa isn’t out.

The actor  made the revelation today at the Cannes film festival, where his long career and latest ‘Rambo’ film are under the Croisette’s spotlight.

While ‘Sly’ hints that his participation in the “Creed” franchise might be two and out, the 72-year-old says a seventh “Rocky” film could be on the cards.

“I have a great idea for Rocky. He finds this fella who’s in the country illegally and it becomes a whole thing. It would be really phenomenal, really different”.

“It’s like a magician,” he continued. “Once you’ve seen how he does the tricks you’re not impressed any more. It’s the same thing with Rocky. You’ve seen everything, so you’re like, ‘How can it be different?’ That would be different. When you take him and throw him out of the country and he’s in another world. It could work.” he said.

Stallone didn’t say whether it’d be Balboa, who we last saw in 2018’s “Creed II”, training the immigrant.

The actor had intended for 2006’s “Rocky Balboa” to be the character’s swansong but returned to the role when the idea for the “Creed” films were presented to him.

Stallone was at Cannes to attend a a 4K restoration screening of his groundbreaking actioner “First Blood” and promote its fourth sequel “Last Blood”, which sees the long-suffering vet going up against cartels in Mexico.

“He goes out there and bad things happen,” Stallone said. “There’s going to be some serious vengeance in this movie. A lot of people are going to get killed.”

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ICYMI : Christopher Nolan’s new film gets title, full cast

The time-traveling international spy movie stars Robert Pattinson, among others

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Warner Bros have announced the title and cast of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated new film, due July 17, 2020.
“Tenet”, which has just gone before the cameras, is said to be an action epic that combines the always entertaining elements of international spy missions and time travel.  The man with the megaphone is keeping a tight lid on the plot.
The cast, which includes many Nolan-staples, is headed by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Nolan is shooting in the beautiful IMAX format with some 70mm thrown in for good measure.

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