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'Safe House' Sequel In The Works

by Sergio
September 6, 2012 8:09 AM
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Safe House
Unversal Pictures has made a deal with screenwriter David Guggenheim, who wrote this year's box office hit Safe House, with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, to write a sequel for the film.

Reynolds would, of course, return to star in the film; although no deal has been made as yet. And it's reported that the studio is 'keen' on having Washington come back as well.

One problem though (and this is going to be a *spoiler* for anyone who hasn't seen the film yet), Washington dies at the end of the first film. So if they do get him back for the sequel, how will they pull that off?

The most likely way, of course, is to make the film a prequel; but then again, how would that work, since the characters Washington and Reynolds play in the film have never met before when the film begins.

However, I can completely understand Universal's desire to have Washington back in the sequel since Ryan Reynolds alone probably couldn't carry the film.

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  • Tombs | September 6, 2012 5:34 PMReply

    They will bring Denzel back as a hologram.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | September 6, 2012 5:14 PMReply

    I say leave well enough alone. Ryan Reynolds did okay. But Denzel Washington was the star of the show for sure. Ryan Reynolds is very boring to me as an actor. I wouldn't pay to see him as lead in anything especially a part two. I think they should start with a new cast since Denzel Washington did die. They could probably put Vin Diselas the lead for Denzel's replacement and maybe pair him against someone like Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck, or Ryan Gosling. IMO.

  • Donella | September 18, 2012 8:01 PM

    Best of luck with it, then.

  • Lou | September 13, 2012 5:07 PM

    Vin Diesel, Mark Wahlberg? OMG, NO! and none of the others. Ryan Reynolds cannot carry a movie alone? What about Buried, who was an acting feat, got 86% ranking in Rotten Tomatoes and against a 1M USD earned 20 million internationally? It is refreshing to read European cinema blogs that have no sacred cows (read the critique on Securite Rapprochee, i.e. Safe House, in Cinema Teaser. It is in French but it is worth the effort). If you think that the economic success of Safe House is solely attributable to Washington, check the grosses of all his films. Safe House is the second highest grossing, with the exception of American Gangster, which made more money but was more expensive to make and did not have an unknown director, who did an admirable job, by the way.

  • Donella | September 7, 2012 12:27 PM

    I also find the idea of a sequel bizarre. Reynolds is not strong enough of an actor to lead a drama. Blade/NO. Green Lantern/NO. Smokin Aces/NO. Safe House/Somewhat, because Denzel dragged Reynolds around by his shirt collar from scene to scene amidst quick cuts and loud music. Safe House 2 without Denzel/NO.

  • ALM | September 6, 2012 4:45 PMReply

    I haven't seen the first one yet, but good for them.

  • ALM | September 6, 2012 10:57 PM

    @ Juco: Because I think it's good that they are getting a sequel. Have a great day!!!!

  • juco | September 6, 2012 10:30 PM

    then why would you even take the time to comment?

  • Akimbo | September 6, 2012 4:44 PMReply

    They must have negotiated (pay or play?) sequel options for Reynolds because any reasonable person would kick him to the curb and make it an all about Denzel prequel.

  • Jai | September 6, 2012 9:41 AMReply

    That's interesting, I don't recall Denzel doing any sequels to his movies.

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