'Seven Years in Tibet' Writer Hired to Script New 'Salt' Sequel Draft
About a year and a half ago, Salt writer Kurt Wimmer was hired to script a sequel to the action thriller starring Angelina Jolie in a role that was actually reworked for an actress after originally being written for a male lead. However, Jolie was not very impressed with what Wimmer came up with and it was assumed the project was dead since she wasn't going to commit with Wimmer's script. However, it sounds like Columbia is still keen on a sequel as Heat Vision reports they've hired writer Becky Johnston for the sequel. The studio has long wanted a new writer to "reconceive" the script, but Johnston is an odd choice.
Coincidentally enough, Johnston wrote Seven Years in Tibet which starred Jolie's husband Brad Pitt and she also scripted Barbra Streisand's The Prince of Tides. However, more recently Johnston has done work on Wonder Woman (we're not sure if Heat Vision means the failed TV series or a gestating film) and also Brad Bird's earthquake film 1906. Perhaps a female writer will be more in tune with what Jolie wants to see out of a sequel, but I'm not sure that we really need to continue the over the top, unbelievable story that began in Salt. It had some fun action, but it was more than a little ridiculous. What do you think?