Netflix action film Red notice gets not one, but two sequels.
According to meeting, the heist film starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot will have two sequels, with both films being shot one after the other next year.
It goes without saying that Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot are all on board for the upcoming sequels. Additionally, Deadline says writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber will also be returning and is currently writing the scripts.
Though the details are still under wraps, the plan is said to be to bring back the three big stars from the first film while adding more to the mix. The hope is that Netflix can turn Red Notice into an Ocean’s Eleven-style franchise.
Red Notice plays Dwayne Johnson as Agent Hartley – an FBI profiler who helps Interpol bring high profile art thief Nolan Booth (played by Ryan Reynolds) to justice. But the two are forced to work together when Nolan’s rival Bishop (played by Gal Gadot) throws the bill.
It’s not a very original concept, and although it got quick Netflix’s most watched movie of all time, it made the critics largely wonder what all the fuss was about.
IGN’s own review declares that “three A-listers globetrotters and double cruisers in Red Notice, an action-derivative film that was supposed to be a lot smarter and sexier than it ultimately is.” Not a great start to an Ocean’s Eleven heist.
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However, the film has already been viewed for over 280 million hours, breaking records on Netflix and earning the film a 92% audience rating over at. one Rotten tomatoes. It’s easy to see why Netflix might be interested in doing a few sequels.
Red Notice 2 and 3 will be shot one after the other next year, which already signals a certain trust of the online streamer. After all, it’s mostly multi-billion dollar franchises like Avatar or Avengers that get the back-to-back treatment.
And that’s probably a sign that Netflix is going all out on this new action franchise.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment writer and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.