Next month, Alexander Payne returns to theaters with The Holdovers, reuniting with his Sideways star Paul Giamatti. But fans of Payne are eager to hear about what he’s planning to direct next, and if it will be the long-awaited Election sequel, Tracy Flick Can’t Win. Well, according to Payne, you might not want to set your watch to it.
Speaking with Collider, Payne says there’s still a long way to go before we see overachiever Tracy Flick again…
“Tom Perotta, who wrote the book “Election,” has written a very fine sequel, and Reese Witherspoon and I have talked about it,” Payne revealed. “And Jim Taylor and I, my co-writer, have talked about doing it. But we just haven’t gotten to it yet. It’s only because everything takes a while, and I have a couple things to do before that. We’ll just see how it falls. It would be lovely to do.”
As Payne mentioned, Reese Witherspoon is all set to return as Tracy Flick as she continues her climb to the top of the political heap, only now as an adult.
So it doesn’t sound like this is a sure thing at all, and eager fans might want to temper their expectations. Tracy Flick Can’t Win may or may not happen, and even if it does, the wait could be substantial.