You probably know Frank Grillo best from this year’s blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but the Italian-American actor has also had roles in several other films like The Purge: Anarchy, Warrior and The Grey. He currently stars in DirectTV’s MMA drama Kingdom, which was just renewed for a second season, and may soon follow that up playing the lead in the upcoming Skyline sequel.
As a low-budget science fiction film, Skyline received mostly negative reviews when it debuted in late 2010. However, the thriller about an alien invasion ended up grossing $79 million worldwide when it only cost $10 million to make, so a sequel was all but assured. The official green light finally came during this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it was announced The Brothers Strause would not return to direct.
Instead, Skyline producer and co-writer Liam O’Donnell is making his directorial debut for the sequel that, according to a source at Latino-Review, will star Frank Grillo. Supposedly, Beyond Skyline will take place at the same time as the original, rather than following up where the other storyline left off. The sequel has already begun location scouting, and O’Donnell is said to again have co-written the script with his writing partner Joshua Cordes.
Even though Skyline wasn’t a critical darling, the film’s success shows that there’s potentially an audience for a sequel. If they can just increase the overall scope and focus more on the alien mythology, then Beyond Skyline has a better chance of winning over critics. In fact, viewers wanting a bigger, badder alien invasion film may be in luck, judging by the sequel’s poster.
Seen above, the poster released back in May on the film’s offical Facebook page depicts a different kind of Skyline than we’ve seen before. Assuming that the poster was created under the direction of someone with knowledge of the plot, Beyond Skyline may be our chance to see the alien invasion up close. And since Grillo is known for choosing gritty, action projects, this could be a great opportunity for him to shine in the lead role.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Would you watch a Skyline sequel, especially if it were focused more on fighting the alien invasion and Grillo were to star? Let us know what you think in the comments.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments for Beyond Skyline.