Even before the action thriller Atomic Blonde (above) opened wide in theaters last summer, talk about a sequel was brewing. Screenwriter Kurt Johnstad said: “I’m prepared for a sequel. Charlize [Theron] was really looking for a character-driven action movie and I told her, ‘I’m going to write this script like your character is a guy, and every guy is going to wish they were your character. I’m going to create your Bourne franchise.’ I see it as three movies. It might be more.”
Around the same time, director David Leitch (Deadpool 2) commented on sequel possibilities: “We’re in discussions and I think everyone involved in the creative wants to do it. It will just be … we’ll see how well the film does, and fingers crossed people want to see [Charlize Theron’s] Lorraine go on more adventures! I’d be happy to do it!”
Made on a modest budget (reportedly $30 million), Atomic Blondeultimately earned more than $95 million at the box office worldwide. Set during the so-called Cold War in 1989, around the time the Berlin Wall was torn down, Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, a British secret agent who is sent to Germany on a dangerous mission to recover a stolen list of other secret agents.
Last November, Leitch teased a possible time period for a sequel: “I think we take [Lorraine] into the ’90s,” Leitch said. “I think that there’s fertile ground. And there’s a lot of people that are already buzzing about, ‘Hey, we should do it, we want to see the character again.’ … Lorraine Broughton is a really compelling, fun character. There’s a lot of wish fulfillment in her, for both men and women.”
Now Theron has confirmed that the film is in development. “We’re working on a sequel,” she said during a tribute at the San Francisco International Film Festival (via Indiewire). She offered no other details.
Throughout her career, Theron has appeared in a wide variety of films. After the action thrillers The Fast and the Furious and Atomic Blonde last year, for example, she costarred in the comedy Gringo, which debuted on the Amazon Prime streaming service in March.
Next she will be seen in the starring role in the comedy-drama Tully as an exhausted mother of three who forms a unique bond with her new night nanny (Mackenzie Davis). It opens in theaters on May 4.
Next year will see the release of Flarsky, in which she stars opposite Seth Rogen and Andy Serkis in a comedy that is being directed by Jonathan Levine (Snatched). Beyond that, we hope to see Atomic Blonde 2!