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Prequel To "Takers" In Development?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 14, 2011 at 4:01AM

So says star Chris Brown on Twitter HERE , stating: "S/O 2 every1 watching Takers...talked studio into writing a PREQUEL.."

So says star Chris Brown on Twitter HERE , stating: "S/O 2 every1 watching Takers...talked studio into writing a PREQUEL.."

Producer Will Packer of Rainforest Films, who produced the original, didn't quite back Brown up, but didn't deny it either, saying in a follow-up tweet, "Guess it's time 2 go 2 work again *puts down margarita*.'

So should we expect a prequel to last summer's heist flick which starred Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, Chris Brown, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy and others?

Well, you might recall last summer's talk of a prequel to the movie, specifically, producer and co-star T.I., Brown and Ealy sounded off on that in the video below, with MTV News , a week or so before the film was in theaters.

"I just wanna see how this eclectic group of people got together… It’s interesting. We talk about back-story [a little bit], but how did this British guy, this guy from the South and this surfer guy, how did they all come together to form this crew? That’s going to be interesting to see, if it all comes together,” said Michael Ealy.

There are definitely whispers around the studio about that… Some phone calls have been made about that. But ultimately, it depends on what happens on August the 27th,” said T.I. Of course, August 27th was the day the film was released, and he's referring to how well it would do (and did) on opening weekend.

So… how did Takers do at the box office? It made just over $20 million during its opening weekend, almost $58 million domestic, and more than $69 million worldwide (I guessed $60 to $70 million in total last summer before the film opened). I don't have ancillary market numbers, but, given the film's $32 million production budget, I'd say it did well enough to inspire a second movie.

I should note that the $32 million was the highest ever for the Rainforest Films gang (they produced the film). And they’ve got a pretty good track record with their last few theatrically released films – Obsessed shocked the world and opened at $28 million, going on to make close to $70 million; before that, This Christmas opened at $18 million, and made $50 in total; and prior to that, Stomp The Yard opened at $21 million and ended up with a $61 million box office take.

So, on average, their films are raking in about $60 million in ticket sales, with their budgets growing from film to film. Stomp The Yard & This Christmas had estimated budgets of $13 million; Obsessed’s tab was about $20 million; and, as already stated, Takers tops them all at $32 million. So, as long as they keep proving they’re detractors wrong, and their films continue to make money for the studio’s backing them, who knows what kind of budgets will be allotted for their next film(s) - the adaptation of Steve Harvey's Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, and, apparently, a prequel to Takers... if it actually does happen.

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