Say what you will about Luc Besson, but the guy knows how to craft a kick-ass action heroine. At CineEurope 2015, his production house EuropaCorp unveiled a packed slate of upcoming films, and included in the roster were a pair of sequels to two of Besson’s most successful female-driven action-thrillers: Lucy and Colombiana. That’s right – despite Scarlett Johansson’s psychokinetic badass ascending past human form at the end of Lucy, and Zoe Saldana’s revenge-minded assassin slaying the man responsible for her parents’ murders, both characters are gearing up for more carnage-heavy adventures.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Besson is interested in Lucy 2 and Colombiana 2 – both films were solid performers at the box office (especially Lucy) and starred actresses who are becoming more bankable by the week – Johansson is a proven draw for audiences with Marvel fans in her pocket, while Saldana recently led Guardians of the Galaxy and also has two little franchises called Star Trek and Avatar on the side. It would be a smart move on Besson’s part to stay in business with both leading ladies.
Whether there’s any reason to revisit the characters is a different question entirely. Besson isn’t exactly a stranger to driving series he helped create into the ground (Taken 3, anyone?), so I’m not holding out too much hope for these sequels – besides, I was one of the apparent minority of critics who found Lucy absolutely unwatchable. If there’s anyone who was holding their breath for a follow-up, they weren’t doing it around me.
Check out EuropaCorp’s full slate below, and sound off in the comments – do you want to see either Lucy 2 or Colombiana 2?
“Shut In” with Naomi Watts (International Release Date February 19, 2016)
“Nine Lives” with Kevin Spacey (International Release Date April 29, 2016)
“The Lake” with Sullivan Stapleton (International Release date July 15, 2016)
“Warrior’s Gate” with Dave Bautista (date undetermined output)
“The Transporter Legacy” with Ed Skrein (Release date September 9, 2015)
“Escobar” with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (Released in 2016)
“Valerian” with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne , directed by Luc Besson (Release date July 21, 2017)
“Twice” directed by Jean-François Richet (in development)
“Lucy 2” (in development)
“Colombiana 2” (in development)
“The Kawasaki Syndrome” (In Development)
“Sea at War” (in development)
“DNA” (in development)
“Sentence” (in development)
“Underground” written by Luc Besson (in development)
Source: The Playlist