Pepper Mill was watching A Very Brady Renovation last night on HGTV, featuring a bunch of the actors who played the Brady kids, now grown up. Earlier in the evening, I had been watching John Huston’s The Man Who Would be King.
The thought struck me that the three leads, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, and Christopher Plummer, were still around. (Saeed Jaffrey, who played “Billy Fish”, died four years ago. But Michael’s wife, Shakira, who had an almost invisible role as Roxanne, is still around). You could do a sequel for the movie (unlike Young Frankenstein, which came out around the same time, and most of whose stars have passed away).
They’ve done this before – look at Neil Simon’s sequel to *The Odd Couple[/i[, featuring the stars of the original movie, Jack Lemmmon and Walter Matthau, made decades after the original. He basically stole the story idea (their kids get married) from the TV movie sequel to the TV series, starring the original stars, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, decades later. So there’s definitely precedent.
Of course, two of the characters were dead, but Hollywood has never found that an insuperable obstacle. Look at how Ygor magically returned to life for Ghost of Frankenstein. Or how, despite being unmistakably killed over and over again, Dracula keeps coming back.
The Man Who Would be KIng II
Kipling (Plummer) at his desk in Sussex: Who is it? Who’s there?
Peachy Carnahan (Caine): Give us a drink.
Kipling (Squinting to see better): Carnahan! But you’re dead! They told me they found you in a gutter in India!
Peachy: Oh, no, me and Danny were always hard to kill. Isn’t that true, Danny?
Danny Dravot (Connery): That’s right, brother! I could use something to wet my throat, too!
Kipling: But…but Peachy was carrying your head. With a crown. I kept in on my mantle for years!
Peachy: Ah, no. That was Ootah the Terrible’s head. I rescued it after the polo match. Needed a place to keep the crown.
Danny: We’re lookin’ for new worlds to conquer. All we ask is that you grant us the use of your study, and that you witness the signing of a contrack betwixt myself, Danny, and Roxanne.
Roxanne (Shakira0: Hello.