You know what makes bank these days? Old people behaving badly. At least that’s what Summit Entertainment thinks. The studio which is currently heading up the Red series, has set some preliminary plans to get Red 3 in motion even before the sequel hits theaters.
The 2010 action comedy, which stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman out performed anyone’s expectations when Red hit theaters. Red writing partners Jon and Erich Hoeber are already securing another script for the third installment, which will probably be titled Red 3, for lack of a better name.
The original film was spawned from a comic book miniseries by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer, though it is said the series in itself is far more violent than the actual film. The sequel which is set to hit theaters July 19, seems to be the same horse and pony show. Time has passed and retired CIA agent Frank Moses reunites with his team of operatives to track down a missing portable nuclear device. Obviously this is only a job that Bruce Willis can get done.
The Hoeber brothers have returned to direct Red 2 with an impressive supporting cast including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Brian Cox, and Neal McDonough. Now that the sequel is weeks away from hitting theaters, Liongate and Summit are being proactive about getting a Red 3 off the ground, seeing as old guys doing funny stuff is doing well these days. Mix that in with the action genre, and you have a recipe for a box office hit.
According to sources, the studio is incredibly happy with early focus group reactions about Red 2 and because of this Lionsgate pushed the release date early to get the ball rolling from its original August date. Although it will probably have some huge summer competition on July 19, we wouldn’t be surprised if immediate talks of Red 3 start to pick up after its first week of release.