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The studio hasn’t greenlit the second installment, or signed deals with stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich or director Robert Schwentke. But, Heat Vision notes, a return to the property was inevitable, as the $60-million RED exceeded Summit’s expectations, opening to $21 million in October before going on to gross $90 million domestically. It was the second-highest grossing movie for the studio outside of the blockbuster Twilight franchise.
RED — retired, extremely dangerous — centers on four former CIA agents targeted for assassination because of the secrets they know. The Hoebers, who penned the screenplay for the first movie, also worked on Battleship, Universal’s big-budget adaptation of the Hasbro board game.
“Of course, a sequel script takes the property even further away from Cully’s and my original book,” Ellis wrote this morning on his blog. “But then, there wouldn’t be a sequel without the characters Jon and Erich created in addition to our own, and the entertaining adaptation they rendered from the work. The commencement of the sequel process is all about the success of their work. Be advised, though, that this IS just the commencement of the process, and it comes with many hurdles. No guarantee of a film yet. Though I’m hoping it happens, just because I like those people. And, you know, bigger and better guns for Dame Helen …”
Check back with Spinoff Online later in the week for an exclusive interview with the Hoeber brothers about their potential plans for the RED sequel.