It was only last week that we reported on director Peter Berg talking about a possible plot for Hancock 2, and yet today The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that two writers have been brought on-board to pen the script for the superhero sequel. Berg stated recently that we might not see a Hancock sequel anytime soon because he and star Will Smith are busy, but it looks like Sony isn't wasting much time.
The two writers Sony has brought on-board for Hancock 2 are Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara, both writers of The Shield. The pair's producing credits include other such TV work such as 24, Dexter and Nash Bridges. The plot for the film is being kept under wraps, but the two writers are going to be working with Berg and Smith to build on "the world" that was created in the first Hancock. This hints back to what Berg recently pitched as the plot for Hancock 2, and personally I think it's the inevitable direction a follow-up film would have to go.
However, as I said in my last post - didn't we cover Hancock's story well enough in the first film? There's certainly interesting little points and details here and there about the mythology that could be explored, but from a story point of view I'm not all that interested in seeing another one.
Even so, it's clear why Sony would put this one on the fast-track, considering the first movie made over $600 worldwide. Making a sequel is not exactly what I would call "a gamble." They have Will Smith, one of (if not the) most bankable movie stars on the planet (his name anywhere near a movie seems to equal automatic box office success); a truly original (i.e. not based on any source material) superhero character; a successful first movie to play off of; and the usual potential for eye-popping, visual effects laden, action scenes. It really does √ all the boxes, don't you think?
Even though the same producers are rumored to be returning for Hancock 2, there's no official word on if Berg and Smith will be back, but I'd say it's pretty likely - I'm sure they'll make room in their schedules for a movie that pretty much guarantees them a huge amount of money. Screen Rant will keep you posted on that front.
What do you think of the two writers that have been hired for the sequel to Hancock? Are you surprised the studio is pushing forward so quickly with this one?
Hancock 2 is currently in the development stages and doesn't have a planned release date yet.