Since its release in 1942, Casablanca has been universally hailed as one of the great American films of all time. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this movie had it all: war, romance, Nazis, and Peter Lorre. But like every beloved piece of movie history, Hollywood might be ready to bastardize the whole thing, according to a report in The New York Post.
The site is reporting that producer Cass Warner, the granddaughter of a Warner Bros. co-founder, and whose uncle helped usher in the original film, is trying to get the studio to put a sequel to this classic before cameras soon. The movie would be based on a 30-year-old treatment by Howard Koch, one of the writers of the original, who has since passed away. The site reveals that the studio passed on the movie 18 months ago, but that it’s still interested in the project if the right filmmaker comes along for it.
Titled Return to Casablanca (ugh), this movie would focus on Rick’s life after the events of the original as he goes on an adventure with Ilsa’s son, Richard, in 1961. We’re very fearful that Cass Warner will find a big-name director willing to tackle this subject and we’ll be left with a Casablanca sequel that no one wants. We’ll keep you updated if anything else transpires with this.
[via NY Post]