‘Red Notice’ Might Get a Second and Third Movie
Dwayne Johnson’s latest action-thriller—picked up by Netflix after a long bidding war and reported to be the streaming service’s most expensive original film to date—premiered on Friday.
A large chunk of the film’s reported $200 million budget went to the film’s three stars, with Johnson, who is also a producer on the film with his company, Seven Buck Productions, taking in a reported $30 million, and co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot each earning $20 million.
The remaining millions went into an international heist drama with plenty of bloodless PG-13 action and tongueless kissing to keep the entire family entertained and unoffended.
While some reviewers have called “MacGuffin” on the formulaic action bait—at this point nearly algorithm-designed to appeal to everyone while truly satisfying no one—the Netflix film is expected to rake in views.
Red Notice also feels destined to join the streaming service’s previous A-list-action-star helmed films like The Old Guard (Charlize Theron, getting a sequel) and Extraction (Chris Hemsworth, getting a sequel) by, well, getting a sequel, because why not make a sequel?
The film also ends with the narrative premise of a follow-up film: the three heroes, once at odds, unite for a third-wheeled heist to rival all heists. Chasing after them: some fictional arm of Interpol smart enough to track the known fugitives but ultimately dumb enough never to catch them.
The stars are on board. In response to a question about Red Notice 2, Gadot told Today,“I hope so.” Obviously. Who can say “no” to another $20 million?.
Will there be a Red Notice sequel?
The closest to a confirmation so far came at the red carpet during the film’s premiere. When asked by Variety, producer Dany Garcia noted that follow-up films could be coming. “What we have planned is to let’s see how this goes,” she explained. “I think there is… with Seven Bucks Productions, it’s almost like ‘franchise’ is just part of our conversation. But we’re also smart enough to say, ‘Let’s see how everything goes.”
Barring a total streaming failure, it’s safe to assume Netflix will pay into future content. Seven Bucks has a good franchise-launching track record with movies like Jumanji, Jungle Cruise, and Shazam!.
It’s only a matter of time before we officially hear the sequel news.