The team behind last summer's hit Set It Up are joining forces again on a completely new story. The original film starred Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell as two assistants trying to set their bosses up in an effort to get them out of their hair. Naturally, their characters, Harper and Charlie, fall in love along the way. Set It Up also featured Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs as the two bosses, with Diggs playing a venture capitalist and Liu a sports editor.
There was talk of a sequel soon after the film's release, as the movie blew up on social media and won viewers over with the chemistry between its two leads. However, at the time, director Claire Scanlon said Netflix wanted to see how the movie did in the long run before announcing a sequel. Set It Up was also one of the first original rom-coms released by Netflix, which may have contributed to its success.
According to THR, the new film is tentatively titled Most Dangerous Game and was written by Set It Up scribe Katie Silberman. Juliet Berman and Justin Nappi are also back on board to produce, with returning stars Deutch and Powell taking on executive producer titles as well. At this point, all that's known for sure is that it will be a separate story from Set It Up, featuring Deutch and Powell as new characters. Nappi also shared that the team is "excited by the thought of creating a new, distinct film that explores different romantic comedy tropes while still being anchored in everything that we loved about the first movie." The film is expected to begin production early next year.
In addition to this movie, Zoey Deutch is set to star in a sequel to 2009's Zombieland, opposite original stars Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. Glen Powell, meanwhile, was also cast in the sequel of a film he didn't originally star in: Top Gun: Maverick, which will be released next summer. The film stars Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, and Val Kilmer, as well as Miles Teller, who won a role Powell originally auditioned for. Luckily, producers liked him enough to give him a different part.
News of Most Dangerous Game comes amid a rom-com resurgence that started around the time of Set It Up's release. Fans flocked to theaters for last August's Crazy Rich Asians, which brought in an impressive $238.5 million worldwide. Netflix in particular has found success with not only Set It Up, but also To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which is based on Jenny Han's bestselling book. That film already has a sequel on the way, though it makes sense as there are three books in Han's series. The streamer also recently put out The Perfect Date with Noah Centineo and the Gina Rodriguez flick Someone Great. Netflix clearly recognizes that there's an audience for these films and will keep making them as long as viewers show up.