Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek are returning for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, according to Variety. Released in August of 2017, the R-rated action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard cost just $30 million to make but grossed $176.6 million worldwide, with $75.5 million coming from North America and $101.1 from international markets.
Lionsgate will release the sequel, which will again be directed by Patrick Hughes from a script by Tom O’Connor. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard follows bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds), who is enlisted by Jackson and Hayek’s characters to join them on a mission along the Amalfi Coast. Filming is expected to start in March 2019.
Matt O’Toole and Les Weldon are producing for Millennium Media and Campbell Grobman Films. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein and Jonathan Yunger of Millennium and Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell of Campbell Grobman are executive producing.
In the original film, the world’s top protection agent (Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Jackson). During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife.