2008’s Hancock is by far one of my favourite superhero films of all time, making this news one of the best things I’ve heard in some time. Rumours of a sequel have been circling pretty much since the film was released, especially when you take into account a) the immense potential it has for a sequel, like most superhero films, and b) the fact it took in $620m. from a $150m. budget. (The second part is naturally less a consideration for us than it is for the studios.)
Director Peter Berg has been speaking to ComicBookMovie, and gave a brief update on the sequel, which is definitely good news for us fans of the first film.
“We’ve been talking about the sequel between us, Will Smith, [producers] Michael Mann and Akiva Goldman and myself. We’re all interested, but we literally just have trouble getting into the same room at the same time. We did have a series of meetings last year and started to hash out an idea for sequel – and Will Smith actually had the idea – so I think it will happen, it’s just a question of timing.”
Ridiculously brilliant news. I’m completely fine with being patient if I know that something should be coming. And if it’s Will Smith with the idea, and everyone else is on board, let’s hope that can only mean good things.
When news of the sequel first started circling, Charlize Theron said that she’d gladly reprise her role, which is excellent news. And I’d imagine that Jason Bateman would be happy to return as well; he and Theron had such great chemistry on screen. The real question mark is of course the villain – who it will be in the world of the film, and who it will be playing them – and there’s a good chance that that’s the idea Smith has had for the sequel.
As you can imagine, Smith is generally a very busy man, and having wrapped Men in Black 3, his next film, After Earth, will see him working with M. Night Shyamalan, and the scale of that project means it will no doubt take some time to get done. Beyond that, there’s been talk of a Bad Boys 3 as well as an Independence 2 (and 3), so if those sequels do happen after After Earth, then he may not have time for Hancock in the next few years. But fear not, because it’s already been quite a few years since the film came out and clearly they’re all still talking about it and Smith’s just come up with the idea for the sequel. So we can all be patient, because you just know this is going to be awesome. And I’m really hoping that they can get John Powell to return to score the film, because the music from the first is genuinely incredible. More news as we get it.