Universal Hires David Guggenheim to Script a 'Safe House' Sequel

September 6, 2012
Source: Heat Vision

Safe House

Earlier this year Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds teamed up for the action thriller Safe House which marked the Hollywood directorial debut of Daniel Espinosa, and now it sounds like a sequel is on the way. After making $202 million worldwide at the box office, Universal was pleased enough with the film that Heat Vision reports the studio has hired the film's original writer David Guggenheim to script a new installment that could actually be a prequel or a sequel. The original film followed a bored young CIA agent (Reynolds) overseeing a South African safe house who is thrust into a life-and-death adventure when he has to keep a rogue agent (Washington) safe, but there's no word on the plot for the new film though. Read on!

However, the studio is anxious to get Washington involved again. Spoiler alert from here on out! That almost certainly would have to make this film a prequel since Washington's character dies at the end of the first film. Frankly, I'd like to see the aftermath of Reynolds' character's action in a Bourne style thriller, but that's just me. Of course, I can easily see Washington in action as an agent before the events of the first film as well. Guggenheim came out of nowhere with this script that he wrote while working as an editor as US Weekly and he's since written Stolen with Nicolas Cage and Narco Sub, a script once linked to the late Tony Scott and is now in limbo after his death. Hopefully we'll hear more about this Safe House follow-up soon.

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I'm calling it now, Washington's character in the film was a decoy agent in disguise...the real one is still out there somewhere

JerseyBoy on Sep 6, 2012


What about a prequel and a sequel at the same time, a story that follows both characters, washington in the events leading up to what happened in safe house, interspliced with a story of what happens to reynolds character right after. The plot could focus around the intrigue that was following washington in safe house and then bring the storyline to conclusion with the story arc of reynolds character. I can see a sort of mix between memento and bourne here as both characters learn about the larger picture and the forces that are messing with their lives play out at the same time in terms of what's happening on screen, but obviously set at different times in the safe house world.... am I full of shit on this idea? feel free to call me out on it...

Lars Feely on Sep 6, 2012


Whoa a prequel/sequel film...You may be onto a new trend here and I like it.

Matt Peloquin on Sep 7, 2012


It was a okay movie, but a another one?

Avi Smulders on Sep 7, 2012

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