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Cameron Crowe, John Cusack to Reunite for 'Say Anything' Sequel?

Director blithely mentions the obscure possibility, fans rejoice

By Corwin Neuse Aug 1, 2011 10:09AM
Could director Cameron Crowe reunite with star John Cusack to make a sequel to perhaps his most beloved work?

According to Hitfix, the answer is an equivocal maybe.

A (courageous, enterprising) reporter at the Television Critics Association press tour apparently asked Crowe about the possibilities of a "Say Anything..." sequel. "It's the only thing that I’ve written that I would consider doing that with," Crowe demurely responded. "I’ve thought about it from time to time and talked about it with John Cusack once and just said this is the only story that I kind of think there might be another chapter to that at some point."

While Crowe is enjoying a bit of a creative renaissance recently—with documentaries about Elton John and Pearl Jam in the can, plus his upcoming Matt Damon family film "We Bought a Zoo"—Cusack's assured involvement would probably be necessary for any sequel to see the light of day.

What would a "Say Anything..." sequel be about, anyway? John Cusack and Ione Skye as a middle-aged married couple struggling through the early onset of Empty Nest Syndrome as their youngest daughter makes ready to go abroad for college? A single Lloyd Dobler realizing he's grown up to be a used car salesman, and suffering through a debilitating—and hilarious—existential crisis? Which he responds to by deciding to track down Diane Court, his high school sweetheart, to regain the lost purpose of his life? Or will it find him as a groggy, misshapen old man seeking to regain the triumph of his youth through one last go-round on the kickboxing circuit? With characters this rich, and twenty years of potential life experiences to draw from, the possibilities would seem endless. 

What do you think, Hitlisters? Excited by the prospects of a "Say Anything..." sequel? Would you be in favor of John Cusack and Cameron Crowe reuniting under any pretenses? Or is this idea as dated as the trenchcoat and boombox? Let us know in the comments.
Aug 1, 2011 2:38PM
just leave it alone. Say Anything was a perfect 80s movie! Just let it sequel
Aug 1, 2011 2:31PM

Can Hollywood once and for all STOP MAKING UNNECESSARY SEQUELS?!?!



Move on to something original and creative.

THAT is what made 80s films so special.


Aug 1, 2011 3:16PM

Love this movie... hell NO don't make a sequel!!!  And QUIT remaking classics into new movies!!!!  Footloose, the Bodyguard (which will KILL me if they go through with it!!).. guess I need to move to Hellywood (yes, I mean the 'e') and write some screenplays since they can't seem to come up with any originals anymore..

Aug 1, 2011 2:27PM
No!! leave it alone, it is my fav film of all time, rare rare realistic perfection on film PLEASE do NOT MESS WITH IT!?!?! maybe 15 years ago, but, not now...please, this is not before sunrise, these characters are already together, for life, LEAVE IT ALONE, please
Aug 1, 2011 4:15PM

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Not your typical 80's movie with young kids in angst, partying, Freddy Kruger violence or senseless nudity. This was a character study based on very realistic teenagers growing up in Seattle. This needs to be left alone!!!

Aug 1, 2011 4:49PM
Bad idea.... bad, bad, bad Idea.  I mean what's the plot?  We were young and cool once, now we're in our 40s and 50s, have kids and maybe Grandchildren?  Seriously?  Leave it alone.  We don't have to milk the drop out of everything that ever was successful or loved in the past just to make a buck.  Ideas like that lead to things like
"The Smurfs" movie.  Please don't continue to trash the Gen. X's childhoods and teen years just for the sake of a cashing in on "Nostalgia." 

Aug 1, 2011 2:38PM
Although i would love to see a sequel, Grosse Point Blank was about as close to a sequel as one could get already (which i, of course, loved)
Aug 1, 2011 4:58PM
Why do you have to go and ruin the perfect movie??!! It has been too long to make a sequel. Leave well enough alone, please!!!
Aug 1, 2011 2:08PM
One of my alltime fav's...I am a bit nervous though of the prospect of a sequel.  I think the way the first one ended was perfect...Diane and Lloyd's possibilities beginning just as that light dinged in the airplane.  But who knows? 
Aug 1, 2011 1:50PM
Would LOVE to see this.  This is one of my all-time favorite movies.  Lloyd could be a recent widower, visiting his home town.  He's have to run into Cori, the chicken guy, Joe, the Jeremy Piven character.  Joan Cusack would have to come back as well.  Her son would be grown now...maybe he needs Uncle Lloyd's guidance on love.  SO MANY POSSIBILITIES.  Go for it Cameron Crowe!  Your fans are waiting!
Aug 1, 2011 4:30PM

As long as the painstaking quality that went into "Say Anything..." remains in the sequel, I say do it. Cusak has grown considerably as an actor, and it would be unthinkable that he would not bring the same corresponding depth to the character that he did in the original...but's the story and dialogue that drives a make sure the quality goes in before the name goes on.


Make us believe.

Aug 1, 2011 1:51PM

What's the new movies catch phrase when the last one was, "Kickboxing, sport of the future."??


It would be nice to get a quirky, mature comedy romance once in a while.  The sponge has been wrung out to "Friends with Benefits" and "No Strings Attached".  Not that nudity doesn't have a place, but neither of these movies had much of anything and they were both expressly about sex.  Dopy.


Time for another revolution.

Aug 1, 2011 2:03PM
I just watched this movie with my 11 year old daughter. I felt it was important for her to see all of the best 80's movies, the one's I grew up with and she loves them. John Cusack is now her favorite actor. There are a few generations that would love to have a sequel to this movie!
Aug 1, 2011 5:38PM
Can't wait to see if this pans out. The original is still one my favorite movies. If a sequel is made though, I think it would still have to include Ione Skye. It wouldn't be "Say Anything" without both of the main actors.
Aug 1, 2011 1:41PM
Wow...  My boyfriend and I were just talking about this.  They've been showing Say Anything on cable lately.  I love the idea of Lloyd trying to re-kindle his first love later in life.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed about this possibility!
Aug 1, 2011 5:30PM
Part of the charm for me of the original movie was the "ever after" I created in my own mind, dreamy and full of wonderful possibilities and adventure.  It would somehow change everything if if the harsh realities that the couple surely endured after the idealic 80's were played out in HD (even with the awesome soundtrack it would indefinitely have!).

That being said.... I would TOTALLY go see it!!!
Aug 1, 2011 6:03PM
No, no,  a thousand times no! Leave the story as it is; don't go screwing with perfection! They already messed uo "Before Sunrise" with "Before Sunset"- leave "Say Anything" alone!
Aug 1, 2011 1:50PM
I would love to see a sequel to this.  Lloyd tracking down Diane and playing the boombox when he finds her.  that would be awesome!!
Aug 1, 2011 7:09PM
Yes Please, good bad or Ugly Please bring me more John Cusack- Say Anything is my most Fav. movie! But I'd make Lloyd a well off man doing a job he never wanted to do  but doing it well and making good money and really having an ok life. It Diane Court that comes back looking for him, After being prefect in Highschool, she was just ok in college and she really was nothing in the working world, He dad died soon after he got out of prision. She just end up bouncing around. Now she is going back  to reclaime what she should have never let go of. Lloyd Dobler, she does this by first she mails him a pen to his office.
Aug 2, 2011 12:33AM

Yes!  DO this! 'Say Anything' was one of the movies I 'grew up with'... teen angst and the all of the 'life-and-death' scenarios that looking back seemed so trivial but for our youth and inexperience, we just 'didn't know what we didn't know'.


Cameron Crowe your genius will allow you to pull this off, and if you can round up as much of the original cast as possible (Ione Skye, Jeremy Piven, Eric Stoltz, etc.)and John Cusack back as Lloyd Dobler- Key Master! This will be awesome! Lloyd Dobler and Diane Cort, where are they now?!!!

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