SPOILERS are ahead for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard playing in theaters now.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard recently continued with the sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, a fun action flick that saw Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek team up for a comedic shoot 'em up blockbuster alongside the likes of Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas. As the second movie in the series continues its box office run this weekend, it’s time to talk about threequel options.
There’s three main leads in the Hitman’s Bodyguard movies, it makes perfect sense for the movie series to be a trilogy, doesn’t it? If you’ve seen the latest film, you know the ending of the movie does open the door for a continuation if Lionsgate chooses to do so. What should it be? Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds once offered a great idea.
Back when the pair were promoting the first movie in 2017, the actors teased their ideas for the franchise. First, Ryan Reynolds shared his interest in seeing more Salma Hayek’s Sonia Kincaid, which we just got to see as she took the forefront in The Hitman’s Bodyguard. And here’s how Samuel L. Jackson thinks the story should continue:
We already figured it out. We’ll get Penélope Cruz to be Sonia’s sister and we’re gonna set him up.
Yes. Please. Salma Hayek’s character is already a highlight of the franchise as she gets in between the hitman and hitman’s bodyguard’s business. Imagine if more of her family got involved? Penélope Cruz is obviously incredible and would fit perfectly into the established cast we’ve met so far in the action series.
The bulk of the plot for the Kincaid’s in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard focused on their desire to have a child. By the end of the film, it’s Ryan Reynolds’ Michael Bryce who becomes the adopted son of Jackson and Hayek’s characters. Imagine the hilarity of Sonia either deciding to set her “son” up with her sister, or better yet Bryce getting heart eyes for her at a family gathering much to her chagrin.
We have yet to hear anything concrete about an actual sequel in the works, but The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard director Patrick Hughes did share his interest. He told ComicBook that his hopes for it to happen and teased that he knew the production would be “adding one more person” should a third film be greenlit. Hughes also said this to Coming Soon:
Certainly the ending of this film lends itself to more suffering for Michael Bryce. So that can continue for eternity because I certainly love watching Ryan suffer. If there’s potential to do it further, then we certainly are going to pursue that.
Commercially, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard has made $54.8 million worldwide after a month following a $11 million opening weekend at the box office. This is a bit of an upset for the franchise given the previous movie made $176.6 million globally following a $21 million opening weekend. The sequel certainly didn’t impress critics but was received a bit more warmly by movie fans. The biggest question is how the heck do you title it?