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Safe House screenwriter hired to pen a sequel

09.06.2012

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Major SPOILERS follow.

SAFE HOUSE made a nice chunk of change ($202 million worldwide), and so Universal has tapped screenwriter David Guggenheim to come back and see if he can work his magic a second time. 

The movie dealt with a bored CIA agent (played by Ryan Reynolds) in a South African safe house who is caught up in a life-and-death spy plot when he is suddenly tasked with keeping a rogue agent (played by Denzel Washington) safe from the men come to kill him.  Violence and several twists ensue, and it is... questionable whether Reynolds' character succeeds in his mission.  And by "questionable," I mean he doesn't as Denzel Washington's character bites the South African dust in an unfortunate plot development that should have been the other way around. 

And while Reynolds would in theory be the star of the sequel given the way things wrapped up with the first movie, "sources say the studio is keen to have Washington involved."  So will we be getting a combination prequel-sequel, with Reynolds carrying on with his mission while we intercut with Washington's own past adventures? Couldn't we have just solved this problem by having Washington kill Reynold at the end, thereby harkening back in a very cool way to his earlier comment of "only killing professionals?" It'd be a compliment to Reynold's character and unexpected for those of us watching the movie, and so everyone would win.  But no, we went with the significantly less challenging choice.

In other related news, on a scale of "safe" to "oh shit it's the twist and we're on the run from corrupt CIA agents," how interested would you be in a sequel to SAFE HOUSE?

Nora Arnezeder

SAFE HOUSE's Nora Arnezeder.  She's wearing a very nice shade of red.

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Extra Tidbit: David Guggenheim wrote SAFE HOUSE whilst working as an editor for US Weekly. Suffice it to say, he's probably not an editor for US Weekly anymore.

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8:32PM on 09/06/2012
Safe /house was decent film. It was well-shot, well-crafted, well-acted, and hit all the notes - problem was it was absolutely nothing new. Very, very generic, brought nothing new to the table, but what it did, it did well, and the possibility of a sequel was the first thing I wondered if they'd try to do. Then of course, the sequel would not have Denzel in it - the best part of the movie by far. The script got on the Black List and made it to production quickly, and I'm always to happy to hear
Safe /house was decent film. It was well-shot, well-crafted, well-acted, and hit all the notes - problem was it was absolutely nothing new. Very, very generic, brought nothing new to the table, but what it did, it did well, and the possibility of a sequel was the first thing I wondered if they'd try to do. Then of course, the sequel would not have Denzel in it - the best part of the movie by far. The script got on the Black List and made it to production quickly, and I'm always to happy to hear success stories of young screenwriters, but it really wasn't anything special. A good script, but maybe not Black List worthy? I don't know, hopefully the sequel will bring in a new mentor-type character to play opposite Ryan Reynolds, a veteran. Maybe a woman like a Sigourney Weaver-type?
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4:52PM on 09/06/2012
Safe House was a good movie don't get me wrong but it doesn't need a sequel. Most action movie sequels that are not Die Hard end up bad & take away the integrity of the original, because let's face it, most are not written or made to become franchises.
Safe House was a good movie don't get me wrong but it doesn't need a sequel. Most action movie sequels that are not Die Hard end up bad & take away the integrity of the original, because let's face it, most are not written or made to become franchises.
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4:25PM on 09/06/2012
It wasn't until Tony Scott's death (R.I.P) that I found out he didn't direct this, sure felt like one of his movies. Washington being "involved" after the way the first film ended seems very forced, probably best to just leave it alone.
It wasn't until Tony Scott's death (R.I.P) that I found out he didn't direct this, sure felt like one of his movies. Washington being "involved" after the way the first film ended seems very forced, probably best to just leave it alone.
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1:03PM on 09/06/2012
Safe House wasn't exactly bad it just felt like a well made DTV movie that works well as a stand-alone movie. The only way a sequel could work is with a new set of characters and locations and they do the same things in the first movie or maybe deal with Ryan Reynolds' unseen consequences as a result of (SPOILER) uploading the incriminating maguffin.

meh, I dunno. maybe if Denzel Washington is confirmed I may change my mind
Safe House wasn't exactly bad it just felt like a well made DTV movie that works well as a stand-alone movie. The only way a sequel could work is with a new set of characters and locations and they do the same things in the first movie or maybe deal with Ryan Reynolds' unseen consequences as a result of (SPOILER) uploading the incriminating maguffin.

meh, I dunno. maybe if Denzel Washington is confirmed I may change my mind
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11:58AM on 09/06/2012

No thanks.

Safe House was dull. I thought it was tremendously predictable and it didn't bring anything new to the table. That in itself is fine, if you bring a sense of fun or some memorable action sequences, but it felt like a million things I've seen before.
Safe House was dull. I thought it was tremendously predictable and it didn't bring anything new to the table. That in itself is fine, if you bring a sense of fun or some memorable action sequences, but it felt like a million things I've seen before.
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10:22AM on 09/06/2012
Safe House 2: Safe Harder

Make something new for fuck's sake. Something not based on an existing property. Like Safe House. That's why people came out to see it. It wasn't the same old shit. It wasn't The Bourne Pregnancy or some shit like that.
Safe House 2: Safe Harder

Make something new for fuck's sake. Something not based on an existing property. Like Safe House. That's why people came out to see it. It wasn't the same old shit. It wasn't The Bourne Pregnancy or some shit like that.
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