Shoot 'Em Up Sequel NOT Confirmed - Already in Pre-Production (Updated)
Hopefully if you saw Shoot 'Em Up in theaters in early September you absolutely loved the insanely over-the-top action movie as much as I did (go read Ken's review if you haven't already). It was almost one of those rare gems because it hardly made more than $12 million at the box office, not much, but enough to warrant a sequel! Following the film's release, a few reports came online from some interviews with the director and producers saying that a sequel was already in the works with a script completed. A scooper today has exclusively confirmed with FS.net that the sequel has been greenlit at New Line and it is already in pre-production!
UPDATE #2: Apparently our source was misinformed and this is no longer the actual case - it is not true! The sequel is NOT confirmed and NOT going ahead. We apologize for all of the confusion, as the information we had was solid on our side until once published, then a lot on the other side came forward to disprove.
Our scooper has close ties with the studio and reported to us that the script was turned in and approved and "it is in pre-production and the leading actors have signed on for the second film." There was no confirmation on a release date, but it looks like it was going for a pre-strike shoot and in-line for release next year. Is New Line trying to start a Saw year-to-year franchise? If there is one movie that could do it, it would be Shoot 'Em Up!
Susan Montford, one of the film's producers, spoke with ComingSoon earlier in September where she gave some insight into the sequel.
"Well, Michael's already written a script and it's even wilder," Montford told us. "It could also be a stand-alone piece as well. He's been very clever. He's written a brilliant script and it could be adapted to be a sequel or it could stand alone."
Don Murphy, another producer (who also produced Transformers), also added some more details about the sequel. It sounds like they're going for the trilogy/franchise direction, almost like James Bond, where it's not about the story connecting but rather just the characters.
"…The discussions between the three of us, Michael and Clive, that this film is very much in the tradition of Sergio Leone, and if you watch that trilogy, they're not really sequels. The same characters come back and the same actors come back, and then they have another story, so there's no reason we can't have all three of these people back in a different story and still call it 'Shoot 'Em Up 2.'"
Lastly, the crazy director of Shoot 'Em Up, Michael Davis, who we interviewed at Comic-Con, corrected some previous statements and added some more details on the sequel. Here's where it really starts to show his absolute dedication to directing awesome action movies like this.
"I've written another crazy wild funny action script that could be 'Shoot 'Em Up' if I made a few alterations. You're not going to see me be the guy that genre hops because my favorite genre is the action movie. The greatest goal for me would be to continue on as a writer/director that people identify your signature and doing a 'Shoot 'Em Up' sequel to me would just be validation to me that 'Hey, I created something that people want to see.'"
Is this the script that Davis altered turned into New Line? Who knows yet, but I can say either way I'm pretty damn excited.
Is New Line expecting their DVD sales to make-up for the shabby earnings in the theater? It's obvious that Shoot 'Em Up could gain a cult following, and at least New Line recognizes this, but I've never seen a studio take a gamble on a film like this. If it would have made a fair amount than this would have been a different story, but I can't say that $12 million is all that much. Hopefully the DVD sales really pick up and I hope more people get to see Shoot 'Em Up!
UPDATE: Apparently this conversation with the studio was a couple of weeks ago and not very recent. Speculation as to whether this is confirmed or not is still a bit hazy. We'll try and bring you and official update from the studio as soon as possible. For now, this is still all just an exciting rumor.