RED 2 going ahead, writers appointed

News Simon Brew
18 Jan 2011 - 07:03

Will Bruce Willis and his gang of retired fighters be back? It certainly looks like it, as a sequel to RED is commissioned…

The end result was a little muddled, but Summit Entertainment's RED nonetheless proved to be a strong box office performer last year, and had moments of spark to it, too. And as such, it's now been confirmed that a sequel is on the way.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the news that writers Erich and Jon Hoeber have been brought back to pen the screenplay for the new movie. They also penned the first, based on the comic work of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.

The first RED grossed over $160m worldwide, off a budget of around $60m, and that's before the DVD and Blu-ray money has been counted up. And that means the second will inevitably be more expensive, especially as deals haven't been done with the principle cast and crew. Thus, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and director Robert Schwentke will all have to be lured back.

It's early days for now, though, as first of all, Summit will be getting its script into place. Don't expect RED 2 to be heading into production this year, we'd suggest.

The Hollywood Reporter

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