For those of you who don’t share my over the top, unapologetic, wildly irrational love for Con Air, and are already groaning, just from reading the headline, don’t worry, this isn’t something that anyone thinks is actually going to happen. Though now that it’s on the table, I really, really want it to. As much as I would love to see Con Air 2 happen in space, no one is planning that, no one is working on such a movie, and it’s simply not going to happen (now that I’ve made such a declarative statement, watch the universe slap me in the face as Lionsgate or someone announces that they’re making Con Air 2 and setting it in space.)
How did this subject even come up, you might ask? See, I’m not the only one who loves Con Air, and star Nicolas Cage’s long, greasy mullet and Forrest Gump-with-a-bad-attitude southern drawl. Since the movie was a decent enough hit in 1997, there has always been talk of a sequel. It’s obviously never materialized, but the rumblings have been there.
While talking about his efforts to crowdfund a new action-comedy called Salty, Screen Daily quickly asked Con Air director Simon West about the possibility of that sequel we keep hearing about. You know West probably fields this question quite often. Here’s his response:
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 sounds like something you would see as part of a weekend-long marathon on Syfy, sandwiched between Eyeborgs and Star Runners. Also, we already have Lockout, which, though it is more Escape From New York in space, is also a little Con Air in space.
Again, I want to reiterate that this is not news, and is realistically West talking off the cuff and pulling a snarky answer out of his ass. This is NOT happening, but if you believe for one second that I’m not going to spend the rest of the day imagining Nic Cage’s Cameron Poe wrapped in a space suit, battling robots, trying to find a way back to Earth and his little girl, all while saving the day because that’s just the kind of guy he is, well, you’d be wrong. That’s exactly how I plan to spend the remainder of my afternoon. I’m also going to start writing Con Air fan fiction, and it’s all going to be set in space.
As far as a straight Con Air 2, it’s still entirely possible. Sure, the first one came out 17 years ago, but that’s never stopped Hollywood from making an ill-advised movie before. Hell, we’re reportedly getting another xXx movie with Vin Diesel, so anything is possible.