The Return of Gordon Gekko?
Oh, this is good: Variety reports this morning that 20th Century Fox is fast-tracking a sequel to "Wall Street," Oliver Stone's 1987 film that introduced super-trader Gordon Gekko and his signature line -- "greed is good" -- into the culture.
The sequel's plot so far: Gekko is finally released from prison after his various nefarious activities and reenters a Wall Street radically different from the one he left.
The studio hopes Michael Douglas will reprise his role as Gekko, but the star is not formally attached to the project yet, Variety reports.
The mind reels with possibilities. What will 2009 Gordon Gekko be like? This is a man who epitomized, at least in Stone's perspective, the epitome of go-go, '80s rapacity. This is the man of whom it was asked: "How many yachts can you water ski behind?" Which is a terrific image.
Who would win in a steel-cage death match? Gordon Gekko or Hank Paulson?
Or will Gekko have gone soft? Will he become an eco-investor? "What I actually meant to say 20 years ago," Gekko may say, "is that green is good," one of our newsroom colleagues joked moments ago.
-- Frank Ahrens
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