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Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds & Gal Gadot will reunite for back-to-back 'Red Notice' sequels
Netflix's biggest film of 2021 is about to get a pair of sequels with the original cast.
Back in November, the action heist thriller Red Notice arrived in a hybrid theatrical-streaming release model via Netflix, and quickly became one of the biggest things the platform has ever released. With that in mind, it's no wonder the streaming giant was eager to gear up for a sequel, but now we know that the plans are so big, one film apparently can't contain them.
Deadline reports that original Red Notice stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot are all set to reunite for back-to-back sequel movies, which will aim to start shooting sometime next year. Red Notice writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber is also reportedly back to do double duty on the films, and has already begun working on the scripts. There's no word yet on exactly where the sequels will take the action, but Red Notice ends with a tailor-made setup for a sequel, as the trio of thieves head off to prep their next heist at The Louvre in Paris even as Interpol has put out red notice warrants on all three of them.
How soon the films get off the ground will be dependent in part on when the three stars can make their respective schedules line up, as all three are busy helmers of their own franchises, from Free Guy to Jungle Cruise to Wonder Woman. Deadline's report also notes that the plan for the sequels is to flesh out the cast with even more star power, much in the way the star-packed Ocean's Eleven heist films kept adding A-listers for both sequels.
Red Notice was originally launched in 2018 as a Universal and Legendary Pictures team-up project, but the studio backed away as the price tag for the film started to ramp up, clearing the way for Netflix to swoop in and take control. The gamble -- reportedly at least $200 million worth of production budget -- paid off for the streaming giant. Red Notice arrived in theaters Nov. 5 before hitting Netflix a week later, and by the end of 2021 the company was boasting that the thriller pulled off their biggest movie debut ever.
Now the next two chapters of what was clearly an aspiring franchise all along have started to take shape. It'll be interesting to see which stars agree to join Johnson, Reynolds, and Gadot for the next heist.