Josh Lucas reveals proposal for 'Sweet Home Alabama' sequel with Reese Witherspoon
In the 2002 romcom Sweet Home Alabama, Reese Witherspoon plays a big city fashion designer named Melanie who returns to the Southern boondocks to get divorce papers signed by her estranged husband, Jake, played by Josh Lucas. Along the way, the two reconcile and Melanie has to decide between Jake or her New York city lover, Andrew, played by Patrick Dempsey. (Spoiler alert: She picks Jake, and they dance to Lynyrd Skynyrd at their wedding.)
The story wrapped up pretty well at the end of the movie, but on the other hand, money! After all, we live in the age of sequels, revivals and remakes, so why not check in on the characters 17 years later? During an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday, Lucas revealed that he's spoken about a sequel with the original movie's writer/director Andy Tennant.
"I've absolutely said yes," Lucas announced. "[Tennant] and I discussed it extensively so we're lobbying the world to join us. The proposal -- that the director had which was quite interesting is that my character [Jake] is back in Alabama and Reese's character [Melanie] is back in New York with our kids and we're divorced, so their whole life is super complicated... And Patrick Dempsey's character is still in the picture. But that's just a proposal."
So, essentially the same story again, but not as good, and all the returning actors are older? Why not? It worked for Star Wars! Of course, Reese Witherspoon has a pretty busy schedule these days, with commitments to two TV series, HBO's Big Little Lies and Apple's The Morning Show. Then again, she did announce that Legally Blonde 3 is officially happening, so maybe she's in a nostalgic mood.
Personally, I'm holding out for Witherspoon to make a sequel to the 2008 comedy Four Christmases called Five Christmases. You saw how zany things got with four Christmases - just imagine how zany things could get with one additional Christmas!