I can’t say anything I’ve seen really needs a prequel. But earlier this year, I remember a thought exercise about what would happen if someone decided to make a new Addams Family movie. I think Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston defined those roles. You can’t cast them better, and any attempt to do so will come up short. So how do you make an Addams Family movie where the audience will accept we actors in those parts? Prequel.
What I’m picturing is Diego Luna and Krysten Ritter as a young Gomez and Morticia meeting and falling in love. The bookish Gomez and star athlete Fester are competing for top honors at CUNY. Morticia, daughter of the corrupt mayor meets her dream man while attending a stranger’s funeral, and the adventure begins…
You’re right about the whole exercise though. Because one of the things I love about John Wick is the mileage Keanu Reeves is bringing to the character at that point in the story. I don’t want to see him roll back that mileage for a prequel by trying to spark more energy or undo the years. Nor do I have any interest in seeing some younger actor take the part on. I love what he has done with the character too much. Who could have imagined saying such a thing about Keanu Reeves twenty years ago?
So this is a great choice that kind of drives home the problem with the topic.
And you just made me want to watch this movie again. Which I think I’ve done at least twice this year.