Last summer’s San Andreas, starring everyone’s favorite wrestler-turned actor Dwayne Johnson, took in plenty of money at the box office, and became Warner Bros. highest grossing film of 2015; thus placing it as the studio’s fourteenth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. Despite critical ambivalence towards the feature’s earth shattering disaster film narrative, viewers all over the world took to the feature’s central family drama co-starring Carla Gugino (Watchmen), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), and Paul Giamatti (Billions).
It might seem a little far fetched to imagine the film’s central narrative, largely concerning Johnson as a Los Angeles Fire Department Air Rescue pilot attempting to save his ex-wife and daughter after an earthquake decimates modern day San Francisco, California along the San Andreas Fault line, spawning a sequel. However, it would appear as though San Andreas 2 is going to become a real thing after all.
According to THR, movie studio New Line Cinema and Johnson are both looking to produce a sequel to San Andreas, with the first film’s director, Brad Peyton, also along for the ride. Much of the rest of the cast and crew from the first San Andreas will also be returning, most notably including co-stars Gugino, Daddario, and Giamatti. However, the sequel will pick up screenwriters Neil Widener and Gavin James to pen a script concerning a much larger natural disaster event – one that will see the characters from the first film on the global stage, when the notorious Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean erupts.
Following the exit of original San Andreas writers Carlton Cuse (who’s working on Johnson’s Rampage movie now), Andre Fabrizio, and Jeremy Passmore, relative newcomers Widener and James will have a lot on their plates if they hope to continue San Andreas‘ storyline in a compelling manner. Luckily for them, Johnson, Peyton, and returning producer Beau Flynn will be on board to help them shape a new feature film worthy of the collective talent already onboard; if nothing else, having The Rock back ought to help make sure San Andreas 2 (official title TBA) offers some fun.
Johnson has very quickly become an action movie star to watch with significant anticipation, and his recent string of movies have only served to make the Fast & Furious franchise cast member more than just an extreme sports star possessed of a bulking physical presence. In the past few years, The Rock has become an A-list action movie star in the vein of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone back in the 1980s and ’90s – making a San Andreas sequel something to look out for… no matter how tired its premise may prove to be.
Screen Rant will bring you more information on the San Andreas sequel as it becomes available.