Originally Posted by JayT
There's already a script for Aspen Extreme 2 ... it just hasn't been greenlighted. Involves TJ as a heli guide up in Alaska and his college-aged daughter who he barely sees joins him for the season. Or so I heard.
That script sounds terrible.
I also think they are missing out on why Aspen Extreme is a cult movie. The acting is terrible, the plot is cornball, the dialogue is ridiculously over the top. It manages to capture the early 1990's straight-ski, 1 piece, neon phase that became dated by the time the movie entered VHS. It was the cheesiest of the B-movie archetype that managed to also take skiing segments seriously and deliver the best stuff ever stuck into a theatrical release.
I think a sequel needs to be retro as well. The only thing that works about the Alaska idea is perhaps setting it in the mid 1990's and have TJ be a Doug Coombs archetype putting AK on the map, but where do you go from there? If you do this, You bring Glen Plake in to shoot your straight ski scenes.
If it was set in the modern day, it only makes sense for TJ to be the ski bum that never left. There are stories there that you could probably make a movie out of, but they would be more introspective than the bombastic first film and wouldn't really fit. Maybe he adopts a protégé like The Color of Money on skis. But once you get into the modern age, where do you go with it? Aspen has homogenized a lot in 20 years- any attempts to make it as outsized as the first film will either feel like a retread or fall flat.
I just can't see a sequel working when a lot of what makes the first film cult was out of the directors hands (the rapid shift in ski tech and style making the movie instantly stuck in time).