The ‘Red Notice’ sequel starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds

Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds will return for two — yes, two — “Red Notice” sequels.

Hot on the heels of Netflix announcing that “Red Notice,” an over-the-top comedic spy thriller, has become the streamer’s most-watched movie of all time, the company is developing a pair of tracking set in the global heist world.

Director Rawson Marshall Thurber is set to return to filmmaking duties and plans to shoot the two sequels back-to-back. According to Deadline, which broke the sequels news, Netflix hopes to begin production in early 2023 given the busy schedules of everyone involved. (That means Reynolds’ previously announced sabbatical could be short-lived.) In the meantime, Thurber has been working on the scripts.

Netflix declined to comment.

Given the (ambiguous) success of “Red Notice,” Gadot, Johnson, Reynolds, and Thurber are planning even bigger salaries for the sequels, which is saying a lot considering Johnson and Gadot each earned $20 million for the movie. first movie.

The producers of “Red Notice” — a long list consisting of Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, Beau Flynn and Scott Sheldon of Flynn Pictures Co., and Thurber via Bad Version Productions — are each expected to return.

In “Red Notice,” an FBI agent (Johnson) reluctantly teams up with a renowned art thief (Reynolds) to catch an even more dangerous criminal (Gadot). The film is unlikely to make it to critics’ top lists (it holds an average of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes), but Netflix subscribers didn’t seem to mind the mostly negative reviews. According to Netflix internal stats, “Red Notice” has clocked 328.8 million viewing hours, breaking the record previously held by Sandra Bullock’s 2018 thriller “Bird Box” at 282 million.

Variety Chief film critic Peter Debruge described the film as “reasonably smart, as long as you don’t examine it too closely”.

“While the film relies a little too much on cumbersome exposition, it moves fast enough that most viewers won’t stumble upon – or even pause to question – the many holes in the intrigue,” Debruge wrote in his review. “Like a skilled trickster, the movie robs you of your time, but makes you feel like you got the better end of the deal.”

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