'Say Anything' sequel: Cameron Crowe could envision one. Can you?


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Over the weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour, writer-director Cameron Crowe — who was on hand to talk about his forthcoming Pearl Jam Twenty documentary, which will air on PBS Oct. 21 after a one-day theatrical release on Sept. 20 — was asked if he’d consider a sequel to his 1989 teen romantic comedy classic, Say Anything.

The short answer: Yes.

“It’s the only thing that I’ve written that I would consider doing that with,” Crowe said, according to HitFlix, indicating he could see John Cusack reprising the iconic Lloyd Dobler role. “I’ve thought about it from time to time and talked about it with John Cusack once and just said this is the only story that I kind of think there might be another chapter to that at some point.”

When I asked Crowe a similar question a couple years ago, while recounting my own Say Anything coming-of-age story — yes, I actually did the Lloyd Dobler boom-box thing to get my own high school girlfriend back — he was equally positive.

Lloyd is actually a character that I could write again,” he told me. “I know what the Lloyd writing muscle is, and it’s really fun to write that character.”

So what would be the story of unlikely lovebirds Lloyd and Diane Court 20-plus years after we last saw them at the ding of the seatbelt sign en route to a new life in London?

“I guess it could go either way,” Ione Skye, who played go-getter valedictorian Diane, told me. “Because he seemed like such a romantic, and there’s always the danger in that…. And I can see her kind of being ambitious and going with a sort of ambitious person in the end. Or I can see them really like needing each other.” Then again: “They’re young, so the odds are against them. [Laughs]”

When I told Crowe Skye thought Diane might leave Lloyd, whose great ambition was to become a professional kick-boxer, he was adamant:Disagree, disagree,” he said. “I kind of believe that her intelligence sort of kept him excited and in love, and mutually so, for a long time. Plus, he knew how to honor her, and it’s so great when you meet a couple where they honor each other and one isn’t just there at the service of the other.”

What do you think? Should Say Anything get the Before Sunset treatment, and if so, how do you think Lloyd and Diane would have fared?

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  • DDB

    There was already a sequel to Say Anything. It was called Grosse Pointe Blank. Lloyd Dobler became a government assassin and had to take on a new identity!

    • Christian Maymi

      I’ve always felt grosse pointe blank was more of a sequel to Better Off Dead. He couldn’t kill himself so he turned to killing others instead… just a thought.

      • amie

        That is too good!

  • Jay

    No sequel, please. The original is perfect. No need to tempt fate with a sequel.

    • Unless….

      they really did give it the “Before Sunset” treatment. THAT’S the way a sequel should be done.

    • SaraS

      Shut up Jay! Yes yes yes yes YES YES YES to a Say Anything sequel! I loved those characters and especially John Cusack. I’d go see it in a hot minute.

  • JLC

    If Hot Tub Time Machine is any indication, no.

  • Matt

    I would LOVE this.

  • Larry

    No, no, no, no, a million times, no. Are there really no original ideas left in Hollywood that all they can do is remake classic (and not-so-classic) movies, turn TV and Broadway shows into movies, and make sequels?

    • Strepsi

      So I take it you’re not into a SAY ANYTHING “re-boot” with Chace Crawford and Vanessa Hudgins, where he holds an iPod above his head playing Bruno Mars?

      Man, I could so work in Hollywood.

  • Paige

    I really hope there isn’t a sequel- I love this movie, it’s perfect, and a sequel is really unnecessary, imo.

  • Dan


    • Bhola

      Small retirement ? c’mon dude the facts are the facts Banks is biuzzn noone cares about Game anymore , he dropped lord knows how many singles all of them bricked , even the one with Justin Timberlake seems like his crazy fan base doesn’t care about his music , as for Buck his last album which came out while he was still cool with 50 didnt even go gold .Buck is broke he owes 50 the irs money , he’s not selling anything

  • Cygnus

    Maybe a weepier version where Diane (Ione Skye) and Lloyd have been divorced for a number of years, but they reconnect kinda, just to learn she has cancer and is dying. Kinda a mish-mash of an Affair to Remember, Love Story, and the original movie.

    • Triumph


    • Aztrazolo

      As weary as I am with sequels, I am equally as weary with tearing great romances apart, even if it is reconciled in the end.

  • Jill

    Please no…let Lloyd live on in iconic heaven. The awesomeness of this movie cannot be duplicated, even by Cusack.

  • Em

    I love Crowe’s description of them as a couple. I don’t know if they need to do a sequel, but it would be nice to see a movie about a couple like that.

  • Bus Driver

    No, no, no. Unless you want to give us Lloyd and Diane as supporting characters, and focus instead on their very quirky teenage kids.

    • Kat

      Yes. That is a movie I want to see.

  • Molls

    It would turn out that Lloyd could only stay in London long enough to get Diane settled – a week or so. Then he’d go back home and try to make a little life for himself kickboxing or whatever. They’d keep in touch. Eventually, Lloyd would make an attempt at moving on but the girl would turn out to be sort of mean. Diane would have had some relationship trouble herself and reach out to Lloyd for support. After a year of working out differences, they would eventually reconnect for good. … after Lloyd reappeared under her window (in London) different boom box (iPod speakers) but the same song.


    Crap movie. Crap characters. Who would even care if they got another film?!? Not me.

    • Sally

      Crap comment

      • Cika

        THAT’S NOT LLOYD YOU IDIOTS!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!! DON’T LOOK LIKE HIM, DON’T SOUND LIKE HIM!!! it’s like somebody white (btw, some of my best frdines are white! lol!) posted it because we all look alike!!!

    • Yo

      loser. u suck

  • Susan


  • DawninDenver

    Yes on the sequel, and Lloyd and his best friend Lily Taylor realize they are perfect for each other after all

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