Before we ever heard the term “Brangelina” there was a movie called Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It came out in 2005 and for my money it was a pretty entertaining film (for what it was). So if another Mr. & Mrs. Smith installment was in the works, a sequel would be the logical step, right? Well, it may be logical but that doesn’t mean that’s what we’re going to get.
According to Vulture, there’s a “quasi-prequel” to Mr. & Mrs. Smith on the way – one that is best described as a reboot (that’s right, cousin to the much-feared remake). Vulture says that Regency Studios is moving ahead with developing Mr. & Mrs. Jones, which would follow a different couple, a pair of, “twentysomething spies set up as a fake married couple when they graduate agency training.” Producer of the original Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Akiva Goldsman, is attached to produce the film.
I bet you’re thinking, “Wait – It’s only been 5 years since the original. Isn’t it a bit to soon to be rebooting it?” And I’m right there with you on that one. It’s understandable rebooting something like Star Trek, since it’s a series that’s been running (both in movie and TV form) for decades now and a reboot breathed fresh life into it. But Mr. & Mrs. Smith is just one movie, not a franchise, and thus a reboot at this stage seems pretty premature and rather pointless (at least from an audience perspective)
Of course, it makes sense from a financial point of view as the studio gets to reap the benefits of both worlds: They get to move forward with a new version of an already established entity (in this case the “Mr. & Mrs.” title) but get to do it for less money than a sequel because they don’t have to shell out for Pitt and Angelina again. An insider joked that the reason for doing a reboot and not a sequel is rumor has it the couple won’t be together long enough to make a it .
I can only imagine the ‘twentysomethings’ the studio will get to portray Mr. & Mrs. Jones – Ideally I would want it to be someone unusual and not cliched in any way, but knowing Hollywood I’m guessing they’ve got their eye on the hot names of the moment. I’m sure the names Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson has already crossed the studio execs’ minds…
Casting aside, I’m still trying to work out why they’re rebooting a one-shot movie so soon. Next thing you know we’ll be getting reboots before the original films ever hit screens!
What do you think of them rebooting Mr. & Mrs. Smith so soon after the first? Does it need another movie, reboot or otherwise? Who would you like to see as the spy couple this time around?