Naturally, 2014 box office runaway train “Lucy,” from director Luc Besson, has a sequel in development. Besson’s wildly entertaining Scarlett Johansson vehicle grossed over $450 million worldwide including $126 million stateside, making the cult Euro auteur attractive to US studios. (While “Lucy” was released stateside by Universal, production took place entirely abroad.) Allocine has the story here.
EuropaCorp trumpeted the news of a “Lucy” sequel at the recent CineEurope film expo held in Spain. The company also unveiled plans for a sequel to “Colombiana,” the 2011 Besson-scripted crime thriller starring Zoe Saldana as a scorned assassin. Directed by Olivier Megaton and released in the US by Sony, the film flopped here and overseas. But the franchise could work with Saldana, boosted by “Avatar” and “Star Trek” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” on board; a “Lucy” franchise, meanwhile, would lean heavily on the participation of Johansson.
EuropaCorp, which is owned by Besson and Christophe Lambert, also has “Shut In” starring Naomi Watts, “Nine Lives” with Kevin Spacey, “Escobar” with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, Besson’s own “Valerian” with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne on its slate.