Jeff Bridges has admitted in a new interview with The Wrap that he's discussed the idea of reuniting with his original co-star Karen Allen from the 1984 John Carpenter movie, but has been left "disappointed" not to be asked to be involved in Sony’s remake.
Speaking on the podcast Shoot This Now, the actor compared his starry role to his cult comedy The Big Lebowski, in the sense that both films ended with his characters about to become fathers, offering potential sequel opportunities. "It's all set up, very much like Lebowski, like the Little Dude. The Dude in the oven," he explained. "In Starman, Karen Allen, she's got a bun in the oven as well."
Intriguingly, when asked if he'd have anything to say to Carpenter about doing it, he replied: "Just say that Karen Allen and I have been jammin' on different ideas."
Sony announced its plans to reboot the movie back in 2016, and Stranger Things executive producer and director Shawn Levy is currently at the helm of it. But Bridges expressed his dismay, claiming he has not been approached to be involved in the project.
"I was a little disappointed to hear that they’re making a sequel to it already, I think it's underway… or they're redoing it or something. … I don't think we've been contacted. I don't know if John has, but I'd be curious."
However, Levy responded in a statement to The Wrap saying: "Starman is very much in the script development stage still and the timeline for if and when it will go into production is still unclear. As a huge fan of the original film and these incredible actors, I would absolutely do everything in my power to involve them in some meaningful way, should I get the privilege of telling a new version of this amazing and poignant story."
So let's hope that Levy can make the two original stars land in the new movie! We'd certainly love to see both Bridges and Allen reprise their roles. As a side note, though, if they did go for a straight reboot with younger actors, is it just us or is Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer (Nancy) a dead ringer for a young Allen? We're placing our bets that she's cast in the role now.
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