Earlier this year, David Guggenheim’s action-thriller Safe House managed to make $126 million at the North American box office, becoming an unlikely blockbuster despite being released in the dead of winter. Eager to repeat the film’s success, Universal has set Guggenheim to pen the sequel.
As you may recall, the first movie centered on a young CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) eager to proved his mettle but having to babysit a South African safe house instead. When a rogue agent (Denzel Washington) is brought in for interrogation, the protagonist is thrust in a life-or-death situation.
THR reports that Reynolds is likely to return, although nothing has been inked as of yet. Universal also wants Washington back which is a smart move given that he is easily the biggest reason why the first movie did well at the box office. However, anyone who has seen the original knows this doesn’t make sense whatsoever.
At any rate, this is another step forward for Guggenheim, the former US Weekly editor who sold the spec script of Safe House to become a full-fledged Hollywood screenwriter. He wrote the script for Stolen, starring Nicolas Cage and Malin Akerman, and worked on a draft for Narco Sub, a submarine thriller that was in line to be late director Tony Scott’s next movie.
What do you think? Have you seen ‘Safe House’?