Casablanca Sequel Being Planned

Reports are emerging that studio Warner Bros. are (somewhat surprisingly) planning a sequel to Michael Curtiz’s classic 1942 film Casablanca.

The original, considered by many to be amongst the greatest films of all time, starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and won three Oscars at the 1944 awards – Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing.

Before you lose your cool and start bemoaning Hollywood execs, take a peek at these few details that have emerged:

Howard Koch, who co-wrote the original Casablanca script with Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein (thus winning the Oscar) wrote a treatment for a sequel way back in 1980 that was never used. Though Koch died in 1995, Cass Warner (part of the WB family) has rediscovered the script, and is intending to get it made.

Though Warner Bros. actually passed on the idea 18 months ago, apparently they have decided they may be interested in returning, if they can find an appropriate filmmaker.

The New York Post have been reporting on the matter, claiming that the script would pick up in 1962, rather than directly after the conclusion of Casablanca.

Even if the new film turns out to be a no-go, at least we’ll always have Paris…