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

October 14, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  | Category:  business
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Stupid item. Is this really what matters right now? Yeesh.

Posted by: henry | October 14, 2008 11:28 AM

We were talking about that. All these Douglas movies and the women end up dead. Now the reality is different and the guy on Wall Street end up broker, with bloodless brides of power as the government props up the corpses. It's the same old story with a different end line.
The Dems joined Onecorps and the other dopes just watched as Edwards went to Hollywood. Hillary screamed about cracking the ceiling and Obama pushed the corpses over clearing the way for the financial funeral called an election. Of course the real scoundrels are the U.S. Navy, not the Pirates of the Caribbean. The pirates it appears are going to loot everything and the Navy is going to sink and the scum is going to rise and we all get skinned alive and Obama gets the gold out of your teeth. Bill Maher gets rich with his monkey friends and we all run chimp software to keep the softies in bread and rum. It's like rockhead America. All I can say is Lets Roll!

Posted by: Beau James | October 14, 2008 11:45 AM

the Gordon Gekko we knew and loathed never really left Wall St. or the local mortgage loan office; he just recruited his cousins and brethren in greed to fill in.

It's just the same as Charles Keating - his ilk took over and continued the raping in the form of sliced-and-diced derivatives, with each participant in the food chain taking a cut.

Posted by: DavidE | October 14, 2008 11:47 AM

It's looking like slice and dice is now crash and burn. Thank God for firefighters. The old Bank hired them as guards after retirement because they were fearless. Now the new bad banks will hire some cousin of some congressman who can't find a job. Socialism is a circus.

Posted by: Beau James | October 14, 2008 11:57 AM

Posted by: benq11 | October 14, 2008 12:37 PM

Gordon Gekko is no longer on Wall Street. He is now in Washington DC helping to run the bailout program.

Greed is good. But taxpayer's bailout is priceless. Said Gordon.


Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 3:22 PM

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