MOVIE NEWS – Atomic Blonde 2 is a big possibility, says director David Leitch.
Still, Atomic Blonde 2 may not happen as a theatrical release. Rather, the it could end up finding a home on a streaming service. Which one of those, exactly? Well, that is a very good question. Even so, if you want to see Charlize Theron kicking ass again, you may have some hope.
David Leitch, who directed the very first Atomic Blonde, has been lately promoting his latest action-flick, Hobbs & Shaw. During an interview not long ago, the press asked him about the sequel, which was indeed confirmed to be in development in April of last year by Charlize Theron herself. Still, little to no information has come to light since. However, Leitch spoke about a streaming service which is into making it. Still, he doesn’t know all that much about where the project stands.
“I think there is [still talk of a sequel]. A streaming service is into it. I don’t know all the details. I was a work-for-hire on that movie, but at the end of the day, Kelly McCormick, my producing partner and my wife, she will be involved, I’m sure, as a producer. That’s how I got the gig in the first place. We’ll see.”
So, we might wonder about a few things. First: what streaming service might he be talking about? Netflix would be the clear choice, but there are plenty of other suitors out there. Amazon is also an option, and so are services like HBO GO and others. For now, all we can do is speculate. There’s also the matter of whether or not David Leitch would return to direct.
David Leitch already has two confirmed projects in the making: Undying Love and The Division, which is a big-budget video game adaptation for Netflix, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain in the main roles. Some might argue that adds even more fuel to the Netflix fire when it comes to Atomic Blonde 2, since there is already some connective tissue there. But, for now, we can only call it a coincidence. The main takeaway here is that this is a project that is by no means dead in the water.
Out in 2017, Atomic Blonde was perfect hit for Focus Features. The movie grossed $100 million worldwide, working from a relatively modest $30 million budget. Much like the John Wick movies, it was praised for its action sequences. Specifically, a long, impressive sequence that involved Charlize Theron beating up a whole bunch of dudes in a stairwell garnered a great deal of well-earned praise. Theron, it’s worth mentioning, is busy as ever as she’s got several projects, including Fast & Furious 9, going on currently. And there’s the looming threat of the Mad Max: Fury Road sequels, should those ever finally get off the ground.
Source: Slash Film