‘RED’ Sequel Confirmed, Screenwriters Returning

Maybe “RED” wasn’t the top comic book movie from last year, but that’s only because it was a crowded 2010 for comics in film.

The tale of four geriatric super-assassins pulled from retirement — a loose adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s three-issue miniseries for WildStorm — was still very entertaining overall. After all, how can you go wrong with a cast that features Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren?

Well, you can’t — and that’s why there’s going to be a sequel.

“RED” screenwriter siblings Erich and Jon Hoeber have been hired to come back and script the second installment, Summit Entertainment announced in a press release yesterday. No details were offered on the story, but things will presumably pick up where we left them… which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen the movie. Let’s just say this: here’s hoping we all get to see Malkovich dress in drag again.

“RED” had a pretty great 2010. Released in October, a time when people are usually running after the year’s potential Oscar contenders, along came this cute action-comedy with the look of a popcorn blockbuster and the cast and story of a film aimed at older audiences. The latter factor encouraged a wider audience to come out and see it, a fact illustrated by the movie’s box office performance.

The $60 million budgeted flick opened to a cool $21 million in October, going on to pull in a total of $90 million domestically and another $75 million overseas. It also nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.

All of which makes a strong argument for a sequel. Summit has obviously taken notice of this fact, as that sequel is coming. No word on the release date yet, but with the Hoebers’ work finished on “Battleship” and “Man on a Ledge” — both now in production — they’re free to tackle the next adventure for Frank Moses and his deadly friends.

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