For quite a while now Summit Entertainment has been mulling over the idea of making a sequel to Red. The Bruce Willis action flick wasn’t a gargantuan hit at cinemas, but it outdid expectation and then did really well on DVD and that seems to have convinced the studio a follow-up is worth it, as THR reports they’ve hired Dean Parisot to direct Red 2.
Robert Schwentke, director of the first film, opted not to return for round two, and so the job’s gone to the Galaxy Quest and Fun With Dick & Jane helmer. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman are all likely to return (although if you’ve seen Red, you’ll be wondering how at least one of the actors will manage to make an appearance in the flick, seeing as their character’s supposed to be dead), but no deals are in place yet.
There’s no news on the storyline either, although Erich and Jon Hoeber, who wrote the screenplay for the first film have also penned the sequel. Production is scheduled for later this year, most likely after Willis completes Die Hard 5.