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?