The Charlize Theron spy thriller Atomic Blonde is one of the best action films in recent memory, and it also showed just how cool a female James Bond movie could potentially be. We always hoped the movie — despite earning less than blockbuster money at the box office — would somehow get a sequel, and now, it looks like that may be the case.
The film’s director, David Leitch, recently spoke to /Film about the possibility of Atomic Blonde 2, and it sounds like the project is being discussed. However, likely due in part to the first film’s somewhat paltry box office take of $100 million worldwide, the sequel would likely be a streaming network original rather than a theatrical release. “I think there is [still talk of a sequel]. A streaming service is into it,” Leitch revealed. “I don’t know all the details. I was a work-for-hire on that movie, but at the end of the day, Kelly McCormick – my producing partner and my wife – she will be involved, I’m sure, as a producer. That’s how I got the gig in the first place. We’ll see.”
It’s definitely exciting to hear that an Atomic Blonde sequel may happen, but it’s somewhat of a bummer that Leitch himself doesn’t seem terribly interested in directing it. Since helming the first film, the filmmaker has gone on to direct action blockbusters Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw, so we’d love to see what his additional experience would bring to Atomic Blonde 2. But regardless of who ends up taking the reins on the potential sequel, we’re still psyched about the possibility of Theron beating the crap out of people in a movie again.