Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman Would All Like a HANCOCK 2: DRINK HARDER*

     September 10, 2009


What kind of day would it be if there wasn’t a story about superheroes, or sequels?  Luckily, thanks to Peter Berg’s announcement that the core cast to his 2008 summer mega-hit “Hancock” has “agreed” to come back for a sequel we get to kill two birds with one stone.  Learn more of the tentative news about the super-sequel after the jump.

According to the good folks at Variety, Peter Berg, who was present at the Toronto Film Festival to make the announcement and is set to helm the second installment in the series, stated that the major cast members are on board to reprise their roles for one of 2008’s biggest box-office hits which includes Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, and of course Will Smith as the title character.

For those that missed it, “Hancock” was about an unruly Superman-esque figure who always happened to be using his powers to do the right things, but in the wrong way typically causing more damage than had he just decided to remain apathetic.  The after-effects of his heroics lead the public to view him negatively, and it becomes the project of Jason Bateman’s Ray Embrey character to help Hancock get the kind of positive recognition, and public likability that someone of his ability and well-doing should get.

The film opened to meager reviews, but the public went against the critical consensus and flocked to the theaters to see Will Smith throw whales, be drunk, and make little kids cry.  A lot of critics who fell into the negative camp, myself included, felt the story began to move away from what was really working in the first half of the film when the origin of Theron’s Mary Embrey character was exposed at about the half-way mark.  What started as a fun, satiric twist on the superhero myth turned into un-welcomed family drama by the time the credits rolled.

Hopefully, new scribes Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara, who have exceptional television screenplay credentials, can expand on the pieces that helped make “Hancock” shine and set aside the elements that caused it to burn out.

*Not the actual title.  But it should be. — Matt

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