2 GUNS Producer Aiming For 3 GUNS
2 Guns producer Randall Emmett wants a sequel to Boom! Studios comic book movie which starred Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. The film grossed double its production budget but a sequel is far from a foregone conclusion.
2 Guns, grossed $131.9M worldwide while costing $61M to produce. Not bad for a film opening in August and based on a little known comic book property. Of course, it does help to have Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and Paula Patton as your leads. But those numbers, while good, do not necessarily guarantee that Universal's decision on whether to make a sequel is a no-brainer. Speaking to Collider to promote Lone Survivor (another Mark Wahlberg led feature), Randall Emmett had the following to share on the chances of a 2 Guns sequel. "I mean, I think we’re having that conversation. You know, I don’t wanna be so bold to say, you know, it’s 100%. Of course it comes down to Denzel and Mark and the director, Baltasar [Kormákur], who’s doing Everest now, who have to make that decision. We, of course, would love to do a sequel and we are pushing for a sequel."
Emmett went on to imply that efforts on a script for a sequel will push forward despite lingering uncertainty. “I think we have to find the right story because that, of course, [is what] it all comes back to, but I think that we’ll probably push forward with a script soon and then hopefully if the creative powers that be, you know, fall in love with the storyline, then we would start to have that conversation.”
Original 2 Guns comic book writer Steven Grant has already recently written another installment, the aptly titled 3 Guns, so there's plenty of source material to pick from for a script.
2 Guns will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on November 19.
Running Time: 1 hr 49 minutes
Release Date: August 2 2013 (US)
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden
Directed by: Baltazar Kormakur
Written by: Steven Grant (comic book) Blake Masters (screenplay)
"Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in “2 Guns,” an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.
For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.
When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way."
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