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'Easy Rider' sequel back on track
By JAM! Movies


The oft-mentioned sequel to the watershed '60s biker classic "Easy Rider" is back on the road.

The production company Miracle Entertainment -- whose board includes actor Martin Landau -- is developing a sequel, to be titled "Easy Rider AD."

The company's website says the new film picks up 30 years after the 1969 original, when Wyatt (the original film's Captain America, played by Peter Fonda) is imprisoned for the murder of small-town lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson in the original film).

Viewers of the original film will remember that Hanson was in fact killed by bat-swinging rednecks and Wyatt was similarly blown off his motorcycle by a shotgun-toting thug.

But according to a synopsis posted at Miracle's website, the movie will follow Hanson's son, Geoff, as he sets out to prove that Wyatt (who presumably survived the attack and went to jail) is innocent of his father's murder.

The Cinescape movie website says Landau recently told gossip columnists Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith that Hanson's son in fact teams up with Wyatt's child to track down the real killer, and the two retrace the original journey undertaken in the first film.

"We have a dream cast list, but we want the script to be really good before we submit it to the actors ... (The script) is coming along nicely," Landau told Beck and Smith, adding he hopes the project will get underway after the expected summer actors strike.

This is not the first attempt at creating a sequel to "Easy Rider." In the 1980s, Fonda and Dennis Hopper (his co-star and director of the original film) had planned to make a sequel entitled "Biker Heaven." Set in 2068, the two bikers were to be brought back to life for a road trip through post-apocalypse America.


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