Action director Simon West has been doing the promotional rounds for new feature The Mechanic (released over here and in the US on Friday). Interviewed by Crave Online, he mentions the next project he’s involved with (a bank heist picture with Nicholas Cage called Medallion), and asked about any dream projects he’s been itching to do, he has this rather revealing titbit:
“Yeah, I have a couple. Con Air 2, I’d like to do.”
He then goes on to explain why a follow-up to 1997’s barking-mad action extravaganza hasn’t managed to come together before now.
“It’s a matter of getting everybody together. There’s so many people involved and it’s about getting everybody to agree. But I’m going to bring it up to Nic. I’m going to put a bug in his ear about it. If the two of us want to do it, we’ll go after the others.”
A sequel could still be a long time coming, but if West’s next venture with Cage turns out to be another equally positive collaboration as their first (which let’s face it, is a ridiculous, yet thoroughly entertaining piece of pop cinema), the further exploits of ex-marine turned airborne hero Cameron Poe could be a real possibility. I’m thinking Con Rail?