'Free Enterprise' Sequel In The Works

By Caillan
February 12, 2003 - 1:54 AM

Writer Mark Altman said recently he and Robert Meyer Burnett are developing a sequel to 1998's 'Free Enterprise'.

Asked about the possibility of a spin-off television series by Entertainment Zone's Laura Alber and Albert L. Ortega, Altman let slip that although a series could happen, a sequel to the film is currently in the works.

"Well, there is some truth to that [TV series possibility], although it's more likely that we'll be doing a sequel first," he said. "Rob and I are writing the script now and [William] Shatner's onboard and we have a great idea so that's a bit of an exclusive. We haven't really announced this yet."

The original film starred Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Rafer Weigel as two twenty-something Trekkies who happen to meet William Shatner (James T. Kirk) in a bookstore and are shocked to discover what their idol is truly like. In the film, Shatner played Bill, a larger-than-life version of himself who is planning a musical version of William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar,' with all roles to be played by him.

Although initially reluctant to make a sequel, Altman said the film's premise is now taking shape. "I didn't really want to do a sequel, but Rob and I came up with a great idea that we took to Shatner that he loved and proceeded to make even better and now it's taken on a life of its own. It's sort of Curb Your Enthusiasm meets 'Swingers.'"

The original interview, in which Altman also talked about working with Shatner, can be found here at Entertainment Zone.

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