After the success of “Lucy,” the chances of a sequel were really good. Five years after Luc Besson’s entertaining sci-fi action movie hit theaters, things aren’t looking very good for Part 2 today.
With “Lucy“Put on Luc besson (“The Fifth Element”) the greatest success of his career in 2014, at least from an economic point of view. In the US, the $ 40 million production was able to gross at least 126 million despite its R rating, while the sci-fi film (which, by the way, is approved for ages 12 and up in Germany) raised more than $ 463 million worldwide. That’s almost as much as he totaled his second (“The Fifth Element”) and third most successful film (“Valerian – City of a thousand planets”). It’s no wonder a sequel quickly becomes a problem. It’s doubtful that “Lucy 2” will actually come out.
A typical Luc Besson movie
Like James Cameron (“Avatar,” “Terminator”), combative female characters also run through Luc Besson’s film work. It is, so to speak, the hallmark of the 60-year-old Frenchman who shapes his films, be it Anne Parillaud in “Nikita”, Milla Jovovich in “The Fifth Element” or the young Natalie Portman in “Léon – The Professional”. “Lucy” can also be classified in this group without a doubt, after all, the heroine of the female title, who thanks to a new drug gets the ability to access 100 percent of her brain capacity, makes her opponents ( mostly men) look pretty old.
Another typical characteristic of Luc Besson is that the films he directs tend to stand up for themselves. No matter how successful, popular, or promising his ideas may be, Besson’s films have a beginning and an end, and generally nothing changes. Stories don’t continue just because they promise financial success or are cannibalized until no one wants to see them anymore. The only sequels Besson shot were for the animated film “Arthur and the Minimoys,” but without exception he left his classics intact, the films that many know and love him for. It would be a great surprise if “Lucy” did not suffer the same fate. However, as a screenwriter and producer, he gives life to a series of films: from “Taxi” to “The transporter” and “96 hours”.
Bad chances of a continuation of “Lucy”
After “Lucy 2” was marketed as a rumor for a long time, it was finally announced in October 2017 that the script for the film had already been completed, as reported by the industry magazine, which is generally very well informed. Variety. However, just days later, Director Besson made it clear on Facebook that this was false information. “I’m not preparing ‘Lucy 2’, neither yesterday nor tomorrow”it said in the statement. Outraged by journalists for whom in the Internet age it is just a matter of “Be the first to publish”Without questioning the information at all, in 2017 he left room for his discontent with the “Lucy” rumors and nipped the supposed plans for “Lucy 2” in the bud.
Depending on whether the sequel should also tell the story of Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), the question naturally arises as to when Johansson would have time for that. After “Avengers 4: Endgame” we will soon see her in Taika Waititi’s comedy “Jojo Rabbit,” the new film from “Frances Ha” creator Noah Baumbach and, of course, as Natasha Romanoff in her MCU solo film “ Black Widow ”. In “Sing 2”, as in the first part, he also lends his voice to the rocking porcupine lady Ash.
Alternatively, of course, there is always the possibility of making another movie, the focus of which is not Lucy, but someone else. Especially given Luc Besson’s aversion to the aftermath, the typical cash-grabbing approach seems pretty unlikely in this case.
Anyone who finds the concept behind “Lucy” exciting will be able to see the film on May 27, 2019 as part of Monday’s theater at 10.15pm ZDF, but they should no longer wait for a sequel.