Netflix action movie Red message gets not one, but two successors.
According to Deadline, the robbery film starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot will have two follow-ups, with both films being shot in parallel next year.
It goes without saying that Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot are all in the coming sequels. In addition, Deadline says author-director Rawson Marshall Thurber will also return, and is currently writing the scripts.
Although the details are closely hidden, it is said that the plan is to bring back the first big stars of 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 stars Dwayne Johnson as Agent Hartley – an FBI profiler who helps Interpol bring a high-profile art thief, Nolan Booth (played by Ryan Reynolds), to justice. But the pair are forced to work together as Nolan’s rival, Bishop (played by Gal Gadot) throws a key into action.
It’s not exactly a hugely original concept, and while it quickly became Netflix’s most watched movie ever, it pretty much made critics wonder what the fuss was about.
IGN’s own review explains that “Three A-lists globetrotter and cross each other in Red Notice, a derivative action movie that should be a lot smarter and sexier than it ends up being.” Not exactly a good start for an Ocean’s Eleven theft.
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That said, the film has already been watched for over 280 million hours, which has broken records on Netflix and achieved a viewer rating of 92% over at. Rotten tomatoes. It’s easy to see why Netflix might be keen to make a few sequels.
Red Notice 2 and 3 will be filming back-to-back next year, which already indicates some confidence from 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 in on this new action franchise.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.
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