Summit has announced that the sequel to RED, 2010’s surprise Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy (it was a comedy, incidentally), is being currently being scripted by Erich & John Hoeber, who penned the original film. RED, which stands for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous," starred Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren as former secret agents targeted for assassination in their old age. The action-comedy was a profitable film but hardly My Big Fat Greek Wedding, grossing over $90 million domestically from a $60 million dollar budget. Ain’t It Cool had the story.
The original film took liberties with the Warren Ellis-scripted, Cully Hamner-penciled comic book mini-series on which it was based, lightening the tone and incorporating additional material to compensate for the fact that the original series was a mere three issues long. Although Hamner participated in the prequel comic RED: Eyes Only, no comic book sequel exists so we don’t know what to expect from the new film from a story perspective, and none of the original cast have a confirmed deal to return. Erich & John Hoeber also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming board game adaptation (still a difficult thing to say with a straight face) Battleship, directed by Peter Berg and starring Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna.