Maxwell Smart Will Be Back - Get Smart 2 Gets a Greenlight!
by Alex Billington
October 7, 2008
Although it only made a solid $130 million at the box office this summer, Get Smart is being turned into a franchise and being given a much needed sequel. Warner Brothers has signed an exclusive three-year first-look deal with Steve Carell to act and even produce projects that come his way. While this Get Smart sequel isn't part of the deal, the same announcement today on Variety included a mention that "the studio is mobilizing a sequel for Carell to return as Maxwell Smart." Considering Maxwell Smart is a comic copy of James Bond, this was destined to become a franchise anyway just like that rather successful series.
At the time, I didn't think the response to Get Smart was big enough to warrant a sequel. However, Pete Segal's enthusiasm and Steve Carell's performance were enough to convince me that maybe this could become a great series. I'll be looking forward to seeing where they go in Get Smart 2, even though I wasn't the biggest fan of the first one. I enjoyed some of it, but really thought it was a bit weak in the humor and troubled in its pacing. However, speaking for some of my close friends who loved it and still call it one of the best comedies of the year, I expect this news will be greeted with quite a bit of excitement.