While speaking with Screen Daily about crowdfunding his new action comedy Salty, Con Air director Simon West elaborated on what we all really want to know: What would a sequel to Con Air be like? Here’s what he had to say below.
I would do it 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. Something shocking. If it was clever writing it could work.
This isn’t the type of news that confirms anything concrete at all, this is just Simon West putting out feelers for a resurrection of the definitive action film of the 90s. In fact this isn’t even news, this is just a “think about it” type of moment. So let’s think about it the possibilities of a sequel to Nic Cage’s greatest action film in his weird but brief run as a bankable action star – but set in space. Full disclosure: My close friends and I rank every film on a scale of 1 – Con Air.
Imagine cyborg Nic Cage – with the same hair and ridiculous southern accent – as he’s reanimated to transport space villains. John Malkovich is one of those space villains. Imagine space-Cage having to tell people to put the space-bunny back in the space-box. Imagine space-Malkovich telling space-Cage that if he makes a space-move then the space-bunny gets it. There are endless possibilities for a sequel to Con Air set in space. We will probably never ever get this film, but it’s a wonderful one to imagine. Keep up the good fight, Simon West.