Hayden Christensen Says He's Up for Jumper Sequels
by Alex Billington
June 9, 2008
I'm really conflicted with Jumper. All of the new commercials for the DVD release remind me how great of a concept it was and how cool it all looked and I get excited again. But then I remember the actual movie and how bad it really was. Although it made $79.8 million at the box office and ended with the possibility of sequels, I'm not really sure I want to see sequels. Maybe, just maybe, they could fix their mistakes and turn out a fantastic follow-up, but there's a few big issues - namely Hayden Christensen. Unfortunately he's probably going to return. A recent interview with the Toronto Sun reveals that Christensen is still up for a sequel and that it may actually be in the works.
Christensen told the Toronto Sun that they're "talking about" sequels, but not much else "I know that they're having those conversations, I hear about them." And would he want to return? "Oh yeah, and I think I probably will." Uh oh. At least this all makes some sense, considering the books that this is based off of feature some additional content that would be great to see on the big screen. "It was set up to become that -- a trilogy -- if it did well. And I think they're happy with how it did so they want to make another one. But I don't think they're rushing to get into production."
Apparently director Doug Liman initially started this project with a completely different cast, smaller budget, and different idea before Fox boosted it to the "blockbuster" level. "The film was shut down, the budget and scale were expanded and the leads recast," which resulted in the film we all saw in February. So maybe that explains the problems? In February, after the film's release, we posted an article where Liman talked about ideas for sequels, including leaving the planet or going back in time. There's a lot of potential and a lot of great ideas that could come to fruition in a sequel - but it all goes back to my original concern.
I'm worried - I love the concept, I love some of the ideas for sequels, but I'm worried that Hayden Christensen's return and Fox's involvement yet again will sour this from the start. Maybe if Liman is given the chance to actually create what he wants and is not restarted part of the way through, it might help. Given my consistent optimism, I feel like I could give this a chance. But realistically, my expectations won't be that great. It's exactly like Fantastic Four (also made by Fox, coincidence?) - the first film was terrible, but I gave the sequel a chance, albeit with very low expectations, and midlly enjoyed it. At least that one was better than the first. Would you want to see a Jumper sequel with Christensen back?