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Is War, Inc. a sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank? March 23, 2007

Posted by Ian W in : Rants & Raves, Film News , trackback

Is John Cusack’s new film War, Inc. a sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank? There seems to be very little information about the film online but what there is leads me to think this could be a follow-up to the 1997 cult favourite.

IMDb has this to say about the plot –

“…is set in the future, when the desert country of Turagistan is torn by a riot after a private corporation, owned by the former US president, has taken over the whole state. John Cusack plays the role of a hit man, who suppresses his emotions by gobbling down on hot sauce and is hired by the corporation’s head to kill the CEO of their competitors. Everything changes when the ruthless killer finds himself head-over-heels in love with a sexy reporter.”

This sounds more than a little stupid (a spicy sauce guzzling assassin!) but at least one thing seems certain – Cusack is playing a hit man just as he did in Grosse Pointe Blank.

And there’s more –

Cusack wrote the script for Grosse Pointe Blank something he’s only done with two other films – High Fidelity and War, Inc. Two out of three films about hit men or should that be a hit man? IMDb lists no character name for Cusack in the film.

John’s sister Joan appeared in Grosse Pointe Blank as his secretary. She’s back in War, Inc but again there is no character name listed.

The film is also known by the working title Brand Hauser: Stuff Happens which is frankly too awful to be real.

Not convinced? Check out this pic of Cusack with co-star Hillary Duff –

Looks a lot like Martin Q. Blank to me but then again maybe John just thinks all hit men wear black suits.

I’m probably way off base with all this but I hope I’m not. Apart from the fact I’d enjoy seeing Martin Q. Blank again, it’s a much cooler name than Brand Hauser. All will be revealed when the film is released later this year.


1. gproject - March 24, 2007

Well, you’ve got me sufficiently excited about this movie now. I love John Cusack anyway, but the similarites you’ve pointed out make it look as if this really could be Grosse Pointe Blank’s big brother.

I hope so - it would be a nice way to celebrate the original’s 10th anniversary (and might lead to a decent DVD release, finally). Even if all these coincidences turn out wrong, I’m still excited foto see this film - should be good fun.

2. Megan - June 30, 2007

Does anyone know what this movie “War Inc.” will be rated? I can’t seem to find any information–even in the trailer. And, of course, I can’t find the official site for it–if anyone knows, please let me know. ~~I’ll be checking.

3. jeff - April 5, 2008

just like in gross point blank his sis is his secretary that sets up hits ,just like this one,so it leads me to belisve it is the second one. someone let me know at jrifenbery@aol.com. It would be nice if it was. They left the first one wondering if he was still a hitman,plus akroid played his competitor in the first one,now it seems he’s taking orders from him???

4. Iris - April 9, 2008

I noticed the same about Akroyd in the trailer. I can’t wait to see it. Should be interesting….

5. anony - June 13, 2008

I actually watched this via a torrent four weeks ago (15 May 2008). I’d no idea it was a new movie at the time (I thought it was a movie I’d missed, released in the last year or two).

Grosse Point Blank is also one of my favorite movies and the basic plot line of War Inc can very easily be taken as a sequel to GPB. The movie is a bit more campy than GPB, but the story line fits snuggly with the original character in GPB (Martin) being the same character in War Inc (Brand). While not specifically a sequel it is damn close and as far as I can tell, only the name change makes the fit wrong for War Inc being a movie about Martin Blank 15, 15-20 years after the events in Grosse Point.

6. anephric - June 14, 2008

From the reviews I’ve read, War, Inc. is a complete and utter mess.

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