Without Will Smith in the lead, who knows what would have become of ‘Hancock,’ a film that dared to venture into superhero cinema without the backing of either of the two big boys in the game: Marvel or DC. But Smith was in the lead as a drunken, crude, but good-hearted demi-god, which propelled the film to success, bringing in over $624 million at the worldwide box office on its $150 million budget.
Numbers like that usually read “immediate sequel” to film studios, but the thing with Smith is that he can touch just about anything and make a killing from audiences. ‘I, Robot’ did well for Christ’s sake, and who here would remember that were it not for IMDB?
The director of ‘Hancock,’ Peter Berg feels that there will be more adventures with the character down the line, however. In a brief statement to Comic Book Movie, he said:
“We’ve been talking about the sequel between us, Will Smith, [producers] Michael Mann and Akiva goldman and myself. We’re all interested, but we literally just have trouble getting into the same room at the same time. We did have a series of meetings last year and started to hash out an idea for sequel — and Will Smith actually had the idea — so I think it will happen, it’s just a question of timing.“
Optimism is a running theme in Hollywood. No matter how obscure, or in many cases unsuccessful, a project is, those involved always see it spawning a billion dollar franchise down the line.
So, what do you think: will ‘Hancock’ make a return, or was that a one-off for Smith? And is the character even worthy of a sequel?
Berg’s upcoming film, ‘Battleship’ hits theaters on May 18, 2012. As for Smith, he has ‘Men in Black III’ coming out the week after on May 25.
Source: Comic Book Movie