Atomic Blonde was an absolutely kick-ass movie that most of you slept on back in 2017. While the movie got plenty of critical acclaim and had a very strong debut at South by Southwest that year and while it surpassed it's $30 million budget with a decent $100 box office it wasn' the huge hit that everyone thought it was going to be. It was often compared to John Wick, which wasn't that surprising since director David Leitch, was involved with the John Wick movies, but while that series spun out into a massive franchise Atomic Blonde just didn't have the same push. There hasn't been much talk of a sequel since 2018 but Charlize Theron is back to kicking ass in The Old Guard for Netflix and in an interview with Total Film talked about not only a sequel to The Old Guard but that she pitched an Atomic Blonde sequel to Netflix as well.
"We went into [The Old Guard] talking about [a sequel] as a possibility, and it's definitely something that excites us," she explains. "We took [Atomic Blonde 2] to them and Scott Stuber, was really interested in it. We talked to him about it extensively, and we're in the process of writing it right now. That character was set up in a way where she didn't really reveal much of herself. So, I feel like there's a lot of potential there. The bar's pretty high, but we're excited about it."
While it's hard to tell because Netflix isn't keen on releasing numbers it sounds like The Old Guard did very well this weekend so there is a good chance that both of these sequels could happen. While it would be shame to not see Atomic Blonde 2 up on the big screen it's just nice that it's being made at all. This was a series with a ton of potential that just didn't get the chance it deserved because it came up just a little short at the box office. Netflix isn't stupid and if greenlighting Atomic Blonde 2 is how they get Theron to do a bunch of The Old Guard sequels? Sounds like a win-win for all involved.
The Old Guard, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and based on the comic series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, stars Charlize Theron, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It's currently streaming on Netflix.