According to Deadline, Netflix is doubling down on its big-budget franchise-starter Red Notice with not one but two sequels that will reunite the main cast and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Back in 2018, Universal Pictures won a bidding war for Red Notice (Netflix came in a very close second place) with the movie co-produced by Legendary. However, shortly into the development process, Universal started to get slightly nervous with the escalating cost of the film and the big paydays for stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.
Universal ultimately opted out, and Netflix wasted no time in snapping up Red Notice and set about making one of the biggest movies the streaming service has ever made. As Netflix only releases limited information about its viewership, Red Notice was watched in more than 83 million households within the first 28 days of release, which by all accounts makes the movie a hit with audiences. Well, we have no idea how many of those 83 million households watched all of Red Notice as Netflix counts a view as watching at least a few minutes of the film.
Netflix made no secret of their desire to turn Red Notice into a franchise, and in a potential money-saving move, Deadline reports that Red Notice 2 and 3 will shoot back-to-back. Outside of The Lord of the Rings and Back To The Future trilogies, back-to-back filming has rarely yielded great movies, with the likes of The Matrix and Pirates of the Caribbean turning in messy follow-ups. Back-to-back production is currently being tested to its very limits, with James Cameron filming somewhere between four and twenty-seven Avatar sequels.
I'm a big fan of all three leads in Red Notice, and you might think putting them all in one giant movie would equal cinematic gold. However, I can't say I enjoyed much of Red Notice with its forced banter, convoluted plot that holds up to zero scrutinies, and a twist that is so heavily signposted it comes as no surprise when it's revealed. Hopefully, the sequels will make some improvements and spend some of those mega-bucks on a few more script rewrites.
Red Notice is available to stream on Netflix.