Stone, LaBeouf Trade In “Wall” Sequel

Oliver Stone has just closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct “Wall Street 2”, the follow-up to Stone’s 1987 drama with Michael Douglas returning to his signature role of Gordon Gekko reports the trades.

The story will pick up with corporate raider Gordon Gekko’s larger-than-life presence looming over a younger upstart looking to navigate the shark-tank world of today’s currently in crisis Wall Street. Shia LaBeouf is in talks to take on the younger role.

Allan Loeb (“21,” “The Baster”) was hired to rewrite the long-developing project last Fall and turned in a script strong enough to nab Stone who, up until that point, wasn’t keen on the idea of a sequel.

The original 1987 feature explored the inner workings of the finance sector and came to be seen as the archetypal portrayal of 1980’s excess with its “greed is good’ motto.

A little over twenty years on and with the world in a financial crisis due to the unregulated greed of Wall Street this past decade, Stone’s skill with cultural commentary makes this project seem surprisingly contemporary.

Production aims to begin this Summer.