Casablanca's sequel plans enrage fans

11 November 2012

London, Nov. 11 (ANI): Seventy years after the release of 'Casablanca,' one of the greatest movies of all times, plans are afoot for a sequel, which seems far from welcome among fans of the beloved Hollywood classic.

The project to be titled either 'Return to Casablanca' or 'As Time Goes By' is the brainchild of Cass Warner, a Hollywood producer, who first discovered "treatments" for the sequel at Casablanca's scriptwriter Howard Koch's New York home, the Independent reported.

Its plot revolves around Richard Blaine, the illegitimate son of Humphrey Bogart's Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa Lund, who were separated at the end of the original movie.

In the sequel, Blaine, who was raised in the US by Lund and her husband Victor Laszlo, returns to North Africa to find out what became of his biological father.

It thereby clears up some of the unanswered questions from the 1942 film, which ends shortly after Bogart and Bergman go separate ways.

But the project is at risk of being attacked by angry fans who cite the loose ends in the original as one of its greatest charms.

"How could they squander the mystery of its perfect ending? How could anyone fill the shoes of Bogey and Bergman? Shouldn't they just leave Rick and Ilsa alone?" a critique syndicated by The Washington Post said.

Another piece, from the same source, dubbed the project as "sacrilege."

The chorus of opposition is thought to include Bogart's son Stephen, who was quoted saying, "If they want to make a movie about intrigue in North Africa, that's fine, but bringing the spectre of one of the greatest movies of all time into it makes it just another feeble attempt at Casablanca 2." (ANI)

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