So, I 'open' Variety this morning (meaning I load the webpage, because I stopped getting a hard copy years ago) and see that Showtime and Oliver Stone have decided to team up for a 10 hour documentary series about the "secret history of America." Hm. I wasn't excited. I wasn't intrigued. I just thought, "Okay..." That's about the same way I felt when I heard Stone was doing Wall Street 2.
Don't get me wrong. I'm about 1/100th as talented as Oliver Stone. And, he's made some amazing contributions to cinema. But, he just allowed himself to get stale with things like Any Given Sunday (a football movie?) and Alexander (Ridley Scott impersonation?), for instance.
At least he's getting back to his conspiracy roots by doing this Showtime project (and he recently did South of the Border--a docu about Hugo Chavez). You certainly can't blame Showtime for wanting to be in business with him. Maybe it'll be great. Who knows. But, there's no denying that Stone has struggled to rekindle the flame. If he thinks he's going to do that with a Wall Street sequel, and get back to his roots, hey, more power to him. That's the kind of stuff he does so well.
John Hughes (another iconic director who allowed himself to get stale) quit making films (partly) because the only things studios wanted to finance with him anymore were sequels to his classic films. Maybe Oliver Stone still has the fire. That's great.
But, Wall Street 2?