Atomic Blonde, from director David Leitch (Deadpool 2), gave Charlize Theron both another big action leading role and a solid hit movie. Costing in the region of $30 million to make (before marketing and distribution costs), the film grossed just shy of $100 million at the global box office while also scoring in home formats as well.
Turns out it was a big enough hit to get sequel talk going, and now we learn that Atomic Blonde 2 is indeed pressing ahead. Theron herself confirmed the news at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where the Oscar-winning South African actress was the subject of a tribute and onstage interview.
Speaking about her experience making the first Atomic Blonde, Theron told interviewer Anne Thompson, “We’re working on a sequel.” She didn’t elaborate further but that’s still more than we knew before.
Whether Leitch, screenwriters Kurt Johnstad, Antony Johnston and Sam Hart, and other cast members will return again remains to be seen, and right now we only have Theron’s word that a follow-up is in the works. There was talk at the time of its release of Atomic Blonde kicking off a new franchise that could serve as a female counterpart to James Bond.
In the meantime, Theron has reunited with director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, with whom she made the excellent Young Adult in 2011. Their new film together, Tully, features Theron as an overwhelmed and exhausted mother of three who enlists the help of a “night nanny” (Blade Runner 2049‘s Mackenzie Davis), who turns out to have a profound effect on the life of Theron’s character.
Watch out for Tully, opening on May 4, and we’ll keep you posted as we hear more on Atomic Blonde 2.