Word has emerged from CineEurope 2015 that Luc Besson's science fiction-action thriller, Lucy, will be getting a sequel.
The film, which starred Scarlett Johansson in the titular role, may have divided critics (with the critical response generally floating somewhere between 'fun but stupid' and just plain 'stupid'), but its box office haul of $458 million apparently did enough to earn itself a sequel.
This is relatively surprising for several reasons. Firstly, the ending of the first film didn't exactly open itself up for a sequel - I don't want to spoil the film (so stop reading now if you really want to avoid ambiguous spoilers), but Scarlett Johansson basically becomes a giant USB stick. Yeah, I'm not even kidding.
Secondly, and for related reasons, director Luc Besson himself wrote-off the chance of a sequel prior to the release of Lucy. At WonderCon 2014, he told journalists:
"With Lucy, you'll see the end of the film. I don’t know how we can make a sequel, but if the film is huge, then I will think about it."
While he reiterated this fact while promoting the film in Taipei, stating:
"I don't see how we can do one. It's not made for that. If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it."
'Fun and stupid,' or just 'plain stupid?' Watch the clip below to see what you think:
So far, we do not have any other information about Lucy 2, including whether it will involve Scarlett Johansson or Luc Besson. All we know is that it was featured on a list of upcoming projects published by producer (and evil sounding corporation), EuropaCorp.
So, is this sequel happening because Luc Besson did think up some new great idea or is it only happening because EuropaCorp thinks they can make more cash? Both? We'll probably have to wait until further down the production cycle to find out.