Director Peter Berg Has An Idea Of When HANCOCK 2 Filming Will Begin
Peter Berg states that once he finishes up obligations for Battleship and Lone Survivor and Will Smith does likewise for After Earth and MIB III, cameras will roll for a Hancock sequel.
This should be done. We are in talks. Once our respective projects will be finished, that Will Smith is finished with Men In Black 3, once I’m done with Battleship and Lone Survivor, we will. I talked with Will Smith, he is always ready.
Of course, Will Smith is also in talks to star in another sequel [or prequel, if you're being technical] to one of his blockbusters, I Am Legend. Time will tell whether this proves to come to fruition as the schedule Berg creates puts the Hancock 2 start date pretty far from now and in Hollywood, a number of things could pop-up to derail the project between now and then.
The film earned $624,386,746 at the box-office on a $150 million dollar budget. It's rather shocking that we haven't had a sequel yet based on those numbers alone.
Hancock is a 2008 American action-comedy superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman, and Charlize Theron. It tells the story of a vigilante superhero, John Hancock (Smith) from Los Angeles whose reckless actions routinely cost the city millions of dollars. Eventually one person he saves, Ray Embrey (Bateman), makes it his mission to change Hancock's public image for the better.
The story was originally written by Vincent Ngo in 1996. It languished in development hell for years and had various directors attached, including Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Jonathan Mostow, and Gabriele Muccino before going into production in 2007. Hancock was filmed in Los Angeles with a production budget of $150 million.
In the United States, the film was rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America after changes were made at the organization's request in order to avoid a "restricted" (R) rating, which it had received twice before. The film was presented and widely released on July 2, 2008 in the United States and the United Kingdom by Columbia Pictures. Hancock received mixed reviews from film critics and grossed more than $620 million in theaters worldwide.