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Speaking to Screen Daily, director Simon West has said “There are always rumours about a Con Air 2.” He went on to say: “I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys.”

After saying that the convicts should be robots or super-convicts he said: “If it was clever writing it could work.”

West is also working on an “international TV series” with band The Who, a fantasy film about J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis called Tolkien and Lewis, and the action-comedy Salty.

Salty is currently being crowd-funded, Simon West Productions say that investors have already bought £450,000 of equity in Salty Films. Remaining shares are available at a minimum of £1,000. They’re also hoping for £1.8m of the film’s projected £5.9m budget to come from crowd-funding.

For those who don’t know, West has described the film as “Spinal Tap meets The Hangover”. Salty follows a a couple on holiday, things go bad when the wife is kidnapped by pirates. West and That Mitchell and Webb Look writer Toby Davis have reworded the original script by Mark Haskell Smith.

Speaking about the film’s crowd funding, West said: “During my two decades in the movie business I’ve funded films in a variety of ways, but for this one I was determined to break away from the big budget, big studio model.

“As it’s a privately funded film, my production team and I will keep creative control while keeping costs down, while also giving free rein to the very best the cast and crew have to offer.”

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