Exclusive: Cameron Crowe clears up “Say Anything…” sequel rumors

Exclusive: Cameron Crowe clears up “Say Anything…” sequel rumors (photo)

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Cameron Crowe went to the Television Critics Association press tour last month to talk about his upcoming documentary “Pearl Jam Twenty.” But one statement the director made about a twenty year old movie ended up garnering all the headlines.

Asked by a reporter whether he’d ever consider a sequel to 1989’s teen rom-com classic “Say Anything…,” Crowe replied that it was “the only thing” he’d ever written that he “would consider doing that with.” And with that, the movie blogosphere was off and running, running articles like this and this and this.

“I was very surprised that got picked up and repeated so many times,” Crowe told me last week during our conversation about his upcoming film “We Bought a Zoo.” Eager to clear up comments he thought were blown out of proportion, Crowe said any sort of “Say Anything…” sequel is “definitely a pipe dream.”

“it’s a personal thing for me, that movie,” Crowe explained. “It’s probably my favorite thing I’ve ever done. And the last thing I would ever dream of doing is touching something that I feel so proud about in any way. I just love the characters and I was sort of musing out loud with this really cool person that had asked the question.”

Crowe admitted he had talked to “Say Anything…” star John Cusack about a possible sequel, but just once, “a long time ago.”

“I always loved the Truffaut / Antoine Doinel relationship,” Crowe added. “And I said [to Cusack], ‘We should have made more movies more often with that character or another character.’ I so strongly relate to Cusack’s persona and his acting. He really can say the words and make them sing. I wish I’d done more stuff with him. It’s kind of odd that plans didn’t align in that way.”

But even if the possibility of a “Say Anything…” sequel is a lot less likely than those breathless headlines made it seem, that doesn’t mean Crowe hasn’t thought about it. Asked if he ever considered where kickboxing enthusiast Lloyd Dobler (Cusack) and beautiful valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye) would have ended up in life, Crowe confessed that he has. “I do from time to time, just talking with friends,” Crowe said, before quickly adding, “but there’s no script, nobody’s out there trying to pitch a ‘Say Anything…’ sequel.”

If it ever happens, Crowe thinks a “Say Anything…” sequel might look more like a spinoff. “I remember those characters and I keep thinking that there’s more that I could write about some of them, and not just Lloyd.” Crowe said. “If anything, it would be a side character or some story where there was some kind of linkage. I love Mike Cameron, I love the poor drunk that they drive home on the night of the grad party. As a writer, there’s just more there that I always thought, ‘Well someday.’ Maybe it’s just a short story. Maybe it’s a miniature kind of thing that I write some day.”

Whether some day comes or not, Crowe said he appreciates fans’ enthusiasm about the possibility of more stories from the world of “Say Anything…” “I’m honored that people have a personal relationship with the movie,” Crowe said. “I do too.”

Would you want to see a “Say Anything…” sequel? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to look for more from our interview with Cameron Crowe later this week on IFC.com. “We Bought a Zoo” opens on December 23.

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

USA Films/Everett Collection

Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

via Giphy

Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

Spider coke

Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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