Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
The summer of ’08 was a pretty great one for superheroes, with Iron Man kicking off the blockbuster season and The Dark Knight and The Incredible Hulk following months after. One superpowered film that proved not up to par that season, however, was Peter Berg’s Hancock. Starring Will Smith as a disgraced vigilante superhero, the movie seemed at first like a breath of fresh air, but ultimately left viewers disappointed thanks to a poorly conceived, poorly executed plot twist and an oddly uneven tone. Still, it was a box office success, so it wasn’t long before rumors began floating around of a Hancock 2.
Fast-forward three and a half years, and not only are we barely any closer to getting a second Hancock, I’d wager that most moviegoers have forgotten about the first Hancock altogether. Berg and Smith haven’t, though, and Berg insists that the sequel is still in the works — it’s just a matter of getting everyone’s schedules to line up properly. Read more after the jump.
Berg gave the update on Hancock 2 during an interview with Comic Book Movie (via The Playlist). “We’ve been talking about the sequel between us, Will Smith, [producers] Michael Mann and Akiva Goldsman and myself,” he said. “We’re all interested, but we literally just have trouble getting into the same room at the same time.” But he remains optimistic we’ll see another Hancock eventually. “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,” he added.
Smith confirmed a Hancock 2 all the way back in December 2008, telling JoBlo that the sequel was “definitely” happening and that there were plenty of unexplored characters left in the Hancock universe. In 2009, the project seemed to take a few steps forward as Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara were hired to pen the script and Berg told MTV, “Everybody’s going to come back for a sequel.” But even at the time, Berg acknowledged that between his packed schedule and Smith’s, a Hancock sequel would be unlikely to come together quickly. Apparently, they’re still waiting for that window of opportunity.
While it’s probably true that there’s still a lot of uncharted territory left in the Hancock mythology, I, for one, can’t say I have any interest whatsoever in learning more about it. It’s easy to understand why Berg, Smith, the producers, and Sony may feel differently, though: Hancock grossed over $600 million worldwide.