‘Salt 2′ Gets a New Writer

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angelina jolie salt 2 writer Salt 2 Gets a New Writer

Although Angelina Jolie’s 2010 spy thriller Salt did good business at the box office, progress on Salt 2 has been slow going. Last summer, Kurt Wimmer (who wrote the original film) was hired to write the screenplay, but Jolie was reportedly unhappy with his draft.

Since then, we haven’t had many updates on the project, which would see Jolie reprise her role as the butt-kicking spy Evelyn Salt. However, it looks like Columbia may again be moving forward on the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired Becky Johnston to write a new draft of the screenplay. Johnston’s previous credits include The Prince of Tides and Seven Years in Tibet. Johnston has also recently worked on the comedy-drama Arthur Newman, starring Emily Blunt and Colin Firth.

Although Johnston’s writing credits don’t scream “action movie,” there are a few good reasons why Johnston could be a great fit for Salt 2. While Jolie didn’t specify the problems she had with Wimmer’s script, one can speculate that perhaps the A-list actress was seeking a draft that gave her a meatier and more compelling character. With her background in character-driven dramas, Johnston could provide a fresh take that explores the complexity of Evelyn Salt.

Another potential factor at work here could be that Johnson is a female screenwriter, a highly underrepresented group in Hollywood. The action genre is largely driven by males – both in front of the camera and behind it. Given that Jolie is one of the few actresses in Hollywood that can open an action franchise, it’s not unreasonable to speculate that she would be interested in having a female screenwriter write the movie.

Of course, that’s pure speculation. The only thing we know for certain is that if Columbia has put its faith in Johnston to continue a potential blockbuster franchise, then she’s got a great idea and plenty of talent to bring it to life.

There’s no word yet on when (or if) Salt 2 will go into production.

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Source: THR

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  1. Salt wasnt the greatest but a sequel would be interesting.

  2. Now they just need a solid director :)

  3. about time !

  4. Hm… when I think ‘Salt’, the term blockbuster is the last thing that comes to mind.

    • Well, it made nearly 300 million worldwide.

      • Yeah, I just don’t understand why.

  5. WHAT?! My friends and I make fun of the first movie on what seems like a weekly basis. PLEASE do not succumb us to another!

    • I’m sorry, but do you even know what the word ‘succumb’ means? I don’t mean to be rude, but I don’t think people in the industry will exactly value the opinion of someone who doesn’t know how to express themselves using basic English. And no one forced you to see Salt by holding a gun to your head, and I’m sure as hell no one is going to force you to see the second. It’s as easy as this: If you don’t want to see the second Salt, don’t buy tickets. Unless you trip and fall, landing in the middle of the theater, you shouldn’t be “succumbed” to the movie.

  6. One of those movies where she aint that big or strong to beat a man twice her size, but she does.

    Me, if she came off a wall like that to punch me…catch her in the air…and then powerslam her to the ground. Break her back and end of movie.

    • Lol

  7. YOU PEOPLE DON’T HAVE PERMISSION TO USE MY WORK YOU g****** PIECES OF s***!!! I WROTE SALT AND SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET YOU THIEVING, VILE, EVIL PIECES OF s***!!! YOU WILL BE SUED FOR STEALING MY WORK!!! YOU WILL PAY IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!!

    • Jim?

      You seem like Felonious Monk.

      Just Saying.

      • WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

        • I AM NOT FELONIOUS MONK!!! I AM A REAL PERSON!!! THESE PEOPLE STOLE MY WORK AND THE REST OF YOU SUPPORTED THEM; EVERY PERSON ON THIS PLANET WILL PAY FOR THESE PEOPLE STEALING MY WORK IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!!

          • Yeah, we’re all so sure. Because after 3 years of the release of Salt, you still haven’t taken any legal action — understandable, though. I mean, who has time to sue people when they’re too busy posting comments on informational blogs? I bet it’s pretty time consuming.

            • THERE IS NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON THEFT!!! I WILL BE FILING LAWSUITS AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND COMPANIES THAT HAVE STOLEN MY WORK VERY SOON!!! THESE PEOPLE OWE ME A INSANE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND A INSANE NUMBER OF CREDITS!!!

  8. I thought she was retiring??

  9. The first few minutes of the first Salt movie was good, but something happened along the way that made the rest of the movie blaaaah. The ending was bad imo. Jolie’s movies tend to have her characters doing A LOT of talking and holding long conversations in scenes (EX: the Tourist). Too much of that for me can be boring, especially if you are doing an action film. I was on the fence with the first Salt movie, and therefore did not check it out in the theaters, but on cable. I am glad I did because 10-12 bucks for a movie that is so-so is way to much money to spend to see it.

  10. I’m still waiting for Mr. and Mr. Smith 2… with Jennifer Aniston cast as the villain.

  11. The first movie was absolutely terrible – first she’s good, then she’s working for the other side, oops no now she’s one of the good guys again. Poor film with absolutely no need for a sequel, but then it wouldn’t be the first time….

    • Did you understand the movie? She didn’t flip-flop? She was raised by the KGB, and because of it, everything she ever loved was stripped away from her. She wanted revenge so she made the KGB think she was on their side by complying with a mission they assigned her to – she was pretending. She was never really on their side?

  12. I cannot wait for this woman to disappear from acting.

  13. I LOVE THE MOVIE AND CANT WAIT TIL THEY BRING OUT ANOTHER ONE. THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A BADASS WOMAN LOVE ANGELINA SHE IS A DREAT ACTRESS EVERYBODY HAS DIFFERNT MOVIE TASTE I LIKE ACTION AND SALT WAS A GOOD ONE