Luc Besson looks to be moving forward with a sequel to his surprise 2014 hit, Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson.
When Lucy was released back in 2014, the film surprised everyone as it went on to amass $463 million at the box office -- a rarity for an original film these days. Even more impressive, the film managed to overshadow the Dwayne Johnson Hercules which released at the same time. So, a sequel seemed like an obvious bet, yet it wasn't until 2015 that it was announced that Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp was developing a sequel to the film. Now, it appears the studio is moving forward with those plans nearly two years later.
The news was revealed during a recent shareholder meeting with EuropaCorp CEO Marc Shmuger. While acknowledging the recent failure of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Shmuger admitted the studio was scaling back on its projects, as well as revamping its strategy going forward in order to hopefully climb back out of the red. One way they hope to achieve this is by moving forward with projects akin to Taken and Lucy, including a new female led English-language action thriller from Besson set to enter production next month.
Besson's currently untitled female action thriller is only one of his projects having recently gained the green light by the studio. Shmuger also confirmed that Besson has turned in a script on the Lucy sequel and that it was in active development. Unfortunately, that was all Shmuger was willing to reveal. It's currently unknown when Besson would go into production on the untitled sequel and a release date has yet to be announced. As it stands, the project appears to simply be in "active development."
Lucy starred Johansson and was written and directed by Luc Besson. The film is currently available on digital and Blu-Ray and DVD.