The Wall Street sequel is coming later this year, and Vanity Fair has a behind-the-scenes look:
Can it be? Can it really be more than 20 years since Gordon Gekko ruled Wall Street, since greed was good, since Oliver Stone and his camera first ventured deep into the canyons of Lower Manhattan? Today, with the markets still recovering from their recent free fall and financial titans doing pratfalls on the national stage, the news that Stone has returned to film a sequel can summon up only one reaction: Gordon Gekko is back. Of course.
But wait. For Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, due in theaters later this year, we are asked to believe that, in a return to one of his greatest roles, the silver-maned Michael Douglas will play Gekko, fresh from a 20-year prison sentence, as—no, it can’t be!—a good guy? “When Gekko comes out of prison, in the beginning of this movie, he essentially has to redefine himself,” says Stone. “He’s looking for that second chance.”