Some might chalk Hancock‘s quick vanish from the public consciousness up to a release within close range of The Dark Knight, but most (i.e., the sensible) just think back to the film and know precisely why it disappeared. Sure, it made more than $600 million at the box office, but how many people mention the movie in conversation three and a half years later? Exactly.
This general distaste for and extended length of time from Hancock makes the prospect of a sequel nigh impossible in my own opinion, but Peter Berg is getting out the drum and starting to bang it, anyway. Here’s his quote on the prospective follow-up that was given to CBM:
“We’ve been talking about the sequel between us, Will Smith, [producers] Michael Mann and Akiva Goldsman and myself. We’re all interested, but we literally just have trouble getting into the same room at the same time. We did have a series of meetings last year and started to hash out an idea for sequel — and Will Smith actually had the idea — so I think it will happen, it’s just a question of timing.”
I recall, back upon Hancock‘s release, some talk of navigating the excruciating mythology surrounding the Will Smith and Charlize Theron characters in a second film – and, though you can tell I would most certainly not prefer a film focusing on that, it’s really the only place they can go. (Unless generic Southern villain guy ended up surviving or something.) But Hancock 2 isn’t happening, guys, and anyone who thinks differently might want to adjust their expectations.
Would you even want to see a sequel to Hancock?
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