Since 2010’s Angelina Jolie-starring spy thriller “Salt” earned nearly $295 million worldwide, Sony predictably saw franchise potential as such. Kurt Winner, who penned the first film, wrote a draft for “Salt 2” which was apparently turned down by Jolie, and at the end of 2012, “The Prince of Tides” and “Seven Years in Tibet” scribe Becky Johnston was tapped to write another version. But it seems Sony has finally realized no one wants a “Salt” sequel, and are exploring an option that makes a bit more sense in terms of brand extension.
Screen Daily reports that a “Salt” TV series is in the works. “We want to bring it to Europe in a completely different way,” said Diego Suarez, Sony’s Vice President Of International Television Production. There is no word yet on the talent that will be involved, but the focus seems to be on launching the show overseas, which is understandable considering the movie did $175 million abroad.
Overall, this is probably a smartest path for “Salt.” Six years on, the film is barely remembered, but reconfiguring the premise for the small screen, where women in action roles are few, seems to have more creative possibilities and less financial risk. So we’ll see if Sony can finally get “Salt” to become the IP they want it to be.