The director of Spenser Confidential, Peter Berg, has confirmed that a sequel to the Mark Wahlberg/Winston Duke buddy movie is in the works. Landing on Netflix back in March, Spenser Confidential finds Wahlberg's ex-cop freshly out of prison and seeking to leave his old life behind. However, when he attempts to do a favour for an old friend, he's forced to partner up with Duke's MMA fighter Hawk to solve the case before it buries them both.
While critics were less than kind to the movie, Netflix reported that it was watched by more than 85 million households in the first six weeks of release. The streaming giant is still highly secretive in most matters regarding specific viewership numbers, only revealing selective data on its original content. We only get a sense of any given series' success if it gets renewed or cancelled, or when an Adam Sandler movie inexplicably becomes the most popular thing on Netflix. Talk of Spenser Confidential 2 has been doing the rounds for months, but Berg has now revealed that the first draft of the script for the sequel has been delivered.
“Brian Helgeland, who wrote the first script, just turned in a first draft last week. So we’re definitely going to do Spenser Confidential 2, we’re just trying to figure out the dates.”
Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg have enjoyed a longstanding and prolific collaborative partnership over the years with Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day, Mile 22, and now, Spenser Confidential. The duo will be working on other projects in the immediate future, and Netflix has yet to greenlight the sequel officially. Berg also teased that he'll be making movies with Wahlberg for many, many years to come.
“[Wahlberg] is in Germany now doing a film. I’m going to do something else before Spenser Confidential 2, but we’re definitely going to do that. I’m sure Mark and I will be 85, 90 years old making movies together. We love working together.”
Spenser Confidential is now streaming on Netflix.