‘Act of Valor 2′ in Development; Will Focus on Elite SWAT Officers

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Act of Valor tops the box office Act of Valor 2 in Development; Will Focus on Elite SWAT Officers

Stunt coordinators-turned directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh’s feature-length debut, Act of Valor, was an ambitious undertaking that required the duo to work alongside cast members who possess real-world experience serving as Navy SEALs. The movie was heralded by military families and servicemen for bringing a greater sense of realism to the action and combat sequences (compared to the average Hollywood military ops thriller); however, its video game-like story progression and character interactions left many critics and non-military types with more lukewarm feelings (read our review, for example).

Act of Valor grossed $81 million in theaters around the globe ($70 million from the U.S. alone), so the low-budget production ended up being a profitable investment for Relativity Media. Because of that, both the studio and Bandito Brothers – the production banner headed by McCoy and Waugh – have begun to expand the Act of Valor property into a multi-platform franchise, by starting development on a spinoff television series – in addition to a second movie installment.

Deadline is reporting that the film project – we’ll refer to it as Act of Valor 2 for brevity’s sake – will be another “R-Rated gritty actioner,” albeit this time the focus will be on elite SWAT officers rather than Navy SEALs. The intention seems to be for the followup installment to emulate the model used to construct the original Act of Valor movie. That is, a fictionalized account of a dangerous operation – carried out by a highly-effective task force – will be used to illustrate the harsh realities of that lifestyle; that is, by recreating actual firefight scenarios and anecdotal details with as much accuracy as possible (while still delivering an engaging viewing experience).

The only difference? This time, the characters putting their lives on the line will be members of a law enforcement unit, as opposed to people who are part of the U.S. Navy’s special operations force. That could be a deal-breaker, for some of the moviegoers who enjoyed Act of Valor primarily because it shone the spotlight on the SEALs lifestyle – and believe that a proper sequel ought to do the same.

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McCoy and Waugh will produce the new Act of Valor movie installment, but the screenwriting and directing responsibilities are going to be handled by Scott Wiper instead. The latter has made such films as the small-town vigilante feature Captain Jack, the police/Mafia thriller A Better Way to Die and the “death match as televised entertainment” action-thriller The Condemned (which was released well-after The Running Man, but before The Hunger Game movie). If you have never heard of, much less seen, any of these films, well… that’s may be because most of them were box office duds and critical misfires.

For that reason, those who’re interested in watching a down n’ dirty thriller about what life is like on the violent streets of America – for the officers who put their lives on the line fighting crime – might be better served by a film like David Ayer’s End of Watch (yes, that drama/thriller deals with regular cops and not SWAT team members). As for those who’re searching for a promising new movie about Navy SEALs, director Peter Berg’s true-story project Lone Survivor is just a few months away…

Does Act of Valor 2 – with SWAT officers instead of SEALs – sound interesting?


The second Act of Valor installment will probably wind up with a subtitle, rather than being called Act of Valor 2. We’ll keep you posted on the developing project as more information is made available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. 2 weeks later, “2015 release date is confirmed”

  2. more propaganda from the shadow government.

    • Nice! Calling it like it is! Now with DHS it can only get worse.

  3. Now a movie glorifying the militarization of the police. ;\

  4. Funny, I bet most of the comments are coming from people who vote for politicians who want to expand the government’s control over its people…

    • I don’t about the other guy/guys who commented, but this guy sure as heck didn’t vote for anyone looking to expand government power.

  5. How about NO! We don’t need a film that glorifies a militarized police force.

  6. Um, wow. I think someone is signing in under a bunch of different names and posting the same message, lol. :-D

  7. I’m glad that real Navy SEALS are in the movie again. They deserve to make more money for their service to America.

  8. I liked the first one, even though the acting was really amateurish and the patriotic voiceover was a bit too much. I’m a sucker for military movies, especially with mostly realistic tactics and gun handling. Of course even Act of Valor took some creative license here and there, but it was still better than all those hipshooting, spraying & praying crazies of the Rambo variety in other movies.

    A SWAT movie along the same lines sounds really good to me. They should pick some guys with more acting chops, though.

    • @TheLostWinchester

      Honestly, I watched Act of Valor for the awesome realistic action, not for how well they read their lines… I only hope they go for the same kind of action here. I’m with you about the typical Hollywood action where all of the “experts” don’t even hold their weapons correctly… I think I will ignore how well or poorly they read their lines in this movie too as long as the action meets what I’m hoping to see…

    • I’d like to know when you expect these elite men/soldiers/warriors to attend acting school. Come on.

  9. I wish it would stick with military. Would like to see a few sequels dealing with different spec ops. Green Berets, Rangers, Marine Recon for example.

  10. Anyone that bags this movie for any small reason is a tool. It’s an amazing film, with incredible SEALs and directors. For those saying “the acting was amateur”, I’d like to see your sniper skills.

  11. I liked the Act of Valor, its was awesome to see real world tactics done by real world SEALs. I don’t think that doing a sequel involving SWAT would be nearly as good. With that being said, I don’t know if it featuring SEALs again would be a good idea or not. I think doing a sequel featuring Delta Force would be amazing, I just don’t know how many Delta operators you would be able to find to star in a movie, but “Act of Valor: Delta Force” would be worth seeing.