Serial killer movies have been known to spawn franchises. They keep making Hannibal Lecter movies even without Anthony Hopkins and Saw just won’t stop. It turns out even Mr. Brooks has been conceived as a trilogy, said screenwriter Raynold Gideon.
Raynold Gideon Talks Mr. Brooks Sequels
“This is just the first part of a trilogy and this is what fascinated Kevin Costner into coming aboard, besides the fact that he loved the script,” said Gideon. “We said to him, ‘By the way, we have planned this as a trilogy.’ And he said, ‘Well, I’ve never done sequels on any of my films although I’ve been approached to do a sequel on The Bodyguard’ or whatever other film, whether Bull Durham and he said, ‘No, never was intrigued by that but this I could be intrigued with to do a trilogy.’ One day on the set he said, ‘I have the ending for the third one’ and he told us something which was quite good.”
Mr. Brooks wouldn’t even have to make Saw or Hannibal numbers to continue. “What will happen is it will depend upon the success of the film. If we have a moderate success, it doesn’t have to be a blockbuster, you know these kind of movies don’t do Shrek or Spider-Man or Pirates business. If we achieve, knock wood, a moderate success with it, we would do the sequels. And obviously we’d do them with Element who financed the first one. And Kevin is into doing the sequel, William Hurt saw the movie, he’s shooting in Louisiana, he loved the movie and he said, ‘Hey, for the two sequels, I’m on board.’ So is Demi [Moore]. They’re all very pleased with the film. We approached from the beginning. We didn’t hide it from anybody and say, ‘Oh, hey, this one and if…’ No, we said, ‘By the way, this is a trilogy. It doesn’t end with the first one.’
Mr. Brooks 2 could become even more of a family affair. “Detective Atwood’s father will figure into it and Marg Helgenberger, the mother will have a bigger part, especially towards the end of the second and into the third. But again, that’s in our mind. I mean, you start writing, as you know, and characters take off and they go, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t want to go there. This is where I want to go.” And you’ve got to follow them otherwise, it just doesn’t work.”
Mr. Brooks opens to theaters on June 1st.
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