Simon West Up For Making “Con Air In Space”

If you recognise the line “put the bunny back in the box,” chances are you’re probably a fan of Simon West’s guilty pleasure thrill ride that is 1997’s “Con Air”.

Nicolas Cage starred in the original as a good-hearted ex-con stuck on a transport plane carrying the worst prisoners in the United States. Things quickly take a turn when the prisoners seize control of the plane.

Now, West has spoken with Screen Daily about the possibility of a sequel – something he says he wouldn’t consider unless it was truly surprising:

“There are always rumors about a Con Air 2. I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys. Something shocking. If it was clever writing it could work.”

West, who recently helmed “The Expendables 2” and “The Mechanic” remake, was out talking up his new equity crowd-funded action comedy “Salty” with investors being invited to own a stake in the film. That movie follows a reformed sex-addict musician persuaded to take a holiday in Thailand by his former supermodel wife. She’s soon kidnapped by Thai pirates raising money to buy a new boat.

He’s also working on “Tolkien and Lewis” about the friendship turned rivalry between authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the war-drama “Thunder Run,” and a TV series about famed band The Who.