Back to the future: Oliver Stone
The auteur opts out of a ''Wall Street'' sequel but returns to familiar grounds with the Vietnam drama ''Pinkville''
It’s been 20 years since director Oliver Stone captured the ”greed is good” zeitgeist of the late ’80s in Wall Street (rereleased in a special-edition DVD this month). ”Obviously the fashions have changed,” says Stone, who now laughs at the clunky cell phones and cars. ”But to me, that same ethic operates today.” Even so, the director — who deadpans that a film’s ability to age well is ”a chemical, biological process, akin to the formation of sperm and egg” — admits that — bertycoon Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) would need to adapt to survive in the 21st century. ”I think today, he would want to be part of a corporation rather than a buccaneer on his little pirate ship by himself,” he says. Stone recently opted out of a possible Wall Street sequel (though both Douglas and the original producer, Edward Pressman, are attached), but he is planning to return to familiar ground with the Vietnam War drama Pinkville, tentatively slated to shoot next year. And while comparisons to his 1986 masterpiece, Platoon, are inevitable, the filmmaker — and Vietnam vet — takes a balanced attitude toward the public’s view of his work. ”Every film I’ve made has been misunderstood in some way or another,” he sighs. ”I have to go on and learn the lessons.”