Movies | February 15, 2021 1:43 pm

Cameron Crowe Talks Possible Sequels to “Say Anything,” “Almost Famous”

He also has an idea for a "Jerry Maguire" follow-up

Almost Famous TIFF Press Conference
Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup and other members of the cast at the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the Cameron Crowe film "Almost Famous" in 2000.
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At a time in American cinema where franchises and sequels abound, the career of Cameron Crowe stands out for its overall avoidance of such things. Admittedly, many of Crowe’s films don’t leave a lot of loose ends at their conclusion, and it’s hard to imagine what the sequels to some of his films might look like — We Bought Another Zoo, perhaps? But evidently, one person who has spent time thinking about potential sequels to Cameron Crowe films is, well, Cameron Crowe.

A new report at Indiewire finds that Crowe has considered revisiting the settings and characters of 3 of his best-loved films — Say Anything, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous.

Crowe’s comments came in an interview with Collider. Among the subjects he covered was his interest in making a Jerry Maguire followup about Rod and Marcee Tidwell, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Regina King. “You don’t want to see Regina King do Marcee Tidwell? I’d do that in a second,” Crowe said.

He also discussed revisiting Say Anything‘s Lloyd Dobler, though he admitted that that might no longer be logistically possible. “I think I kinda lost my way, where I lost the window where we could have done something maybe a few years ago,” he said.

Crowe mentioned that there “may be more to Almost Famous” as well — and suggested that its story could be taken into the 1980s and 90s. Crowe has also revisited Almost Famous as a musical, which received positive reviews not long before the pandemic paused live theater.

The filmmaker’s character-driven sensibilities make the idea of revisiting some of his works appealing — after all, there’s a reason why plenty of people continue to savor his most acclaimed films.

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