In 2010, the movie adaptation of the comic book RED became a sleeper hit, amassing nearly $200 million worldwide and eventually stood as the biggest non-Twilight hit domestically for Summit Entertainment. Unsurprisingly, a follow-up was announced that would see a reteaming of our wise-cracking geriatric spies and now a teaser poster for RED 2 has been released.
Bruce Willis, John Malcovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker are all returning along with newcomers Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta Jones and Byung-Hun Lee (Storm Shadow from the “G.I. Joe” films) being added to the mix. It has yet to be revealed if Karl Urban or Brian Cox will hop on board for the sequel.
Plot details have been hard to come by so far but rumours have the burned spies heading to Europe (Moldova anyone?) to take on some new foes. RED 2 is being directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) with a screenplay from Erich and Jon Hoeber, who wrote the script for the original RED.
Speaking of the original, RED was a blast from beginning to end and worked really well as both a slick, fun action movie and as a comedy thanks to the talents of its well-matched cast. Hopefully with most of the major players returning and some fresh blood being injected as well, the follow-up will be just as successful.
RED 2 is scheduled for release on August 2, 2013.