'Hancock' sequel moving forward
It's hard to dismiss a blockbuster that raked in over $624 million worldwide, but Will Smith's "Hancock" never seemed like the kick off to a new franchise. Like a number of summer "hits" before it such as "Tomb Raider," "Van Helsing," "Superman Returns" and Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," the box office delivered, but audiences expectations weren't. It could have been the odd tone or dramatic turn of events in the film's third act, but the first "Hancock" never felt like a world moviegoers would want to return to. Always hungry for franchises, Sony Pictures would respectfully disagree. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara to write the sequel.
The storyline for "Hancock 2" is being kept secret for now, but the screenwriters are actively working with Smith and director Peter Berg at expanding the universe from the first film.
The original film eventually revealed the title character was one of many immortal beings who had lived on earth for over 3,000 years, but loose their powers when they come in proximity of other immortals. Charlize Theron played a fellow immortal and love interest for Hancock in the picture. The first installment also ended with Hancock seemingly moving his base of operations from Los Angeles to New York. It's unclear where the new film will take place or if Theron will return.
Fierro has a long resume of work on TV shows such as "24," "The Shield" and "Dexter." Mazzara was a showrunner on the critically lambasted TV version of "Crash" and worked with Fierro on "The Shield."
The studio is hoping to put "Hancock 2" on a fast track, but how quickly it will make it into theaters is still unknown.
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