Today in 1942, the movie “Casablanca” was released.
It’s a landmark movie among landmark movies, which is probably why Hollywood has tried a few times to make a sequel!
As ScreenRant wrote, when “Casablanca” became an unexpected hit, studio executives started talking about bringing back Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains in a picture called “Brazzaville.”
The picture would have continued the beautiful friendship between Rick and Captain Renault, with Geraldine Fitzgerald playing a new love interest for Rick, who had said goodbye to Ilsa.
But the storyline would have revealed that Rick and Renault had secretly been working for the Allies all along.
That would have undermined the entire arc of the first movie, so it didn’t happen.
Decades later, a screenwriter proposed a different kind of sequel.
“Return To Casablanca” would have focused on a young man named Richard, raised by Ilsa and her husband Victor Laszlo.
But he was actually Rick’s son, and along the way he heads to Casablanca to find out what happened to his birth dad.
Neither of these were ever produced, but there have been several radio adaptations and prequels.
There was also a TV miniseries around Casablanca in the 50s.
And there was a prequel show in the 80s, but it didn’t last too long.
A movie like “Casablanca” casts a pretty long shadow, so it might just be safer to try producing something else.
It’s a big shopping day today for a lot of people.
But there’s something even bigger happening tomorrow.
In the great city of Buffalo, New York, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is home to a one of a kind event called the World’s Largest Disco, in which participants raise money for charity by getting their groove on.