MOONRAKER 2 GREEN LIT AFTER LONG DELAY

HOLLYWOOD – It’s the sequel everyone wanted but which was delayed for over three decades: Moonraker 2 is happening.

Made in 1979, the Science Fiction spy movie Moonraker was a commercial and critical success on its release and plans for a Moonraker 2 were quickly made.

A studio insider explains what happened next:

Everyone wanted to make number two but there were some problems. First of all no one really made sequels in the seventies. They weren’t considered viable financially and the head of the studio at the time wasn’t keen on the main character – James Bond. He wanted Roger Moore to be replaced by James Coburn. He kept yelling, ‘Who believes in an ass kicking limey?’ Next Jaws (Richard Kiel), who had been an unknown when he appeared in the film, was now super busy because everyone was mistaking him with the shark from the Spielberg film. It was an obvious mistake but his agent was ruthless and had him signed up before anyone realized the error.

A script had been written but it was shelved indefinitely.

It was a really pity. I thought that we could have done something with this character. I said it could have been a new Our Man Flint, but they wouldn’t have it. Roger went off to do other things and time passed. It was only because I was eating in a small restaurant on the Cote d’Azure that I just happened to bump into Roger. We got talking, and drank some wine and what do you know? We’re back in production.

What will the new film be like?

We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel here. It will have exactly what appealed so much about the original. And older man ogling some young beauties, some espionage, a glass shop getting smashed, a motorized gondola and a battle in space. I’m pitching it as Gravity meets Jason Bourne meets Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Moonraker 2 will be released in 2017. 

FLUFFER’S 2014: PART 4

Sir Edwin Fluffer returns with the fourth part of his wonderful yearbook of 2014.

Aug 1st Kirk’s hugely excited about Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Lauren Bacall’s expressed an interest, so naturally I’m thrilled. It’s a real honour to appear onscreen with such a true icon of Hollywood’s golden age, and I’m sure she’ll rise to the challenge quite admirably.

Aug 7th Peter Jackson’s had me back in to re-shoot the ending for The Hobbit. He wants to lighten the mood a bit, so the idea is Gandalf will finally return from the quest to be welcomed home by me as his dear old Dad.  I ad-libbed a line about having trouble getting the orc’s blood out of his cape, so it would be nice if they could use that.

Aug 12th Lauren Bacall has passed away.  Another dear friend gone and suddenly I feel so terribly alone. Watched Home Alone 2, that always cheers me up.

Sep 1st Kirk Douglas phoned: he’s got Richard Kiel for Baby Jane! I’m starting to wonder what direction this project is heading in, but Dickie is a dear old friend and always a joy to work with. You never need a bottle opener when he’s at the party!

Sep 10th Richard Kiel’s died. Roger Moore once told me that Richard had the softest hands of any Bond villain who’s ever tried to throttle him. Apparently he’d never offer to do the washing up unless there was a pair of gloves he could use and it must’ve done wonders for his skin.

Sep 27th I’ve been invited to sit on the jury at one of these European film festivals. It sounded like quite a jolly little jaunt, but then the organisers said that unlike the journalists I would be expected to watch the all the pictures right the way through to the end. Ever since I had that funny turn during Blue Is The Warmest Colour my doctor’s advised me to stay away from anything with subtitles, so I shall probably have to say no.

Oct 1st Kirk’s started work on the soundtrack for Baby Jane. I think he’s putting the cart before the house because we haven’t even started filming yet, but he’s heard of this chap called Raphael Ravenscroft who played the sax solo on a song called Baker Street and apparently now he can’t stop singing it!

Oct 13th Turned on the telly this afternoon and they’re showing Apache Chaps meet Dracula. I always thought Bela Lugosi was dreadfully miscast, but money was tight on that one and he had his own cape. I distinctly remember being very impressed by the way he used his fangs to eat corn on the cob.

Oct 19th Raphael Ravenscroft’s died. Kirk’s terribly upset, but he played a trumpeter in Young Man With A Horn, so he’s hoping he can get away with it. I’ve still got the ukulele I played in Apache Chaps Rule The Waves so I’ll try and strum along on that.

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