Sometimes moviegoers get hooked on a new movie that they really, really liked and when the first film manages to be a hit with audiences they do what most new-found fans do and hope for a sequel. In the case of Salt, an action-thriller starring Angelina Jolie as a member of the CIA accused of being a Russian sleeper-agent, lighting didn't strike twice. The sequel was in development with Kurt Wimmer penning the screenplay. But after a long and hard push by the studio to get Jolie to return as the titular character proved fruitless, they appeared to have dropped it entirely. Now, according to a number of sources, Sony is prepping a TV series based on the film, which they hope will be able to capture the excitement and suspense of the 2010 breakout hit.
Here's the plot of the original film:
When Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) became a CIA officer, she swore an oath to duty, honor and country. But, when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy, Salt's oath is put to the test. Now a fugitive, Salt must use every skill gained from years of training and experience to evade capture, but the more she tries to prove her innocence, the more guilty she seems.
With Jolie taking a self-imposed break from acting and focusing her attention on directing, It's not shocking to hear that she eventually just decided not to go forward with a sequel. As for the TV show, the creative team and the studio hope to sell the idea to the European market since the film cleaned up nicely overseas. But have no fear, the show will be available to American audiences as well in some fashion. They also discussed how they hoped to station the series in Europe and have that be the main setting for the show if it comes to fruition. There's also very little chance of Jolie reprising her role for a tv show since she wouldn't even reprise her role for a sequel, so if you had high-hopes for that, consider them officially dashed. Casting the TV series will be one of the crucial components since the original film was supposed to have a male-lead but was rewritten so that a female-lead could star. Given that information, finding a proper lead could go either way. It's unclear if the studio will strike it rich with this idea, but it'll be interesting to see them make an attempt. Salt is now among the recently announced or already planned TV adaptations of films such as The Exorcist and Shooter. No more details at this time.