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Midnight Run 2 hits the tracks

Eighties crime comedy Midnight Run is to receive the sequel treatment over at Universal.

The studio have hired screenwriter Tim Dowling to scribble a follow-up to the celebrated flick.

Deadline Hollywood report that Robert De Niro will return to the role of Jack Walsh, an ex-cop-turned-bounty hunter, while co-star Charles Grodin (yeah, him off Beethoven ) won’t be coming back (he’s only made one film since 1994).

Plot details are under wraps, but apparently the story would involve Walsh “bringing in a new fugitive”.

Dowling also wrote the not-awful Role Models , and has a story credit on George Lucas In Love . There's no director attached yet.

Could this be a terrible move for both Universal and De Niro? The original Run was a hit back in the ‘80s, boasting a great script and brilliant chemistry between De Niro and Grodin. But why a sequel now, especially after a string of feeble TV follow-ups?

This news make you want to run for the hills?