Repo Man 2 | Alex Cox returning to directing

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Alex Cox is finally getting Repo Man 2 off the ground, and it’s set to be called Repo Man 2: The Wages Of Beer – more here.

It’s been seven years since British director Alex Cox’s last feature – Tombstone Rashomon – was released. But in a surprise piece of news, he’s heading back behind the camera again, for a project he previously tried to get going in the 1990s.

It’s a sequel to his 1984 cult favourite Repo Man, a film that starred Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez. It’s a satirical science fiction thriller, set in 1960s America, that never set the box office alight, but has earned its audience over time.

Now comes the news that Alex Cox has written the script for Repo Man 2: The Wages Of Beer, that he’s raising funds for at the European Film Market over the next week or so.

Kiowa Gordon is to take over the role played by Emilio Estevez back in the original movie. Furthermore, the new film will be a direct sequel too, set to pick up from the ending of the original Repo Man in a way that I won’t spoil if you haven’t seen the film.

It’s always worth noting in any story about Alex Cox that he opened the eyes a generation of people to cinema through the much-missed BBC show Moviedrome, that he hosted from 1988 to 1994. At a time when curation of cinema on television wasn’t great, Alex Cox did something extraordinarily special with that show.

Whether the Repo Man sequel bears any similarity to its previous iteration, Waldo’s Hawaiian Holiday, that was eventually turned into a graphic novel, is unclear (although we’d suggest unlikely).

In terms of Repo Man 2: The Wages Of Beer, we imagine that Alex Cox – who will direct as well – is looking to get things moving this year. Expect the budget to be modest, but expect the ambition to be quite something.

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