Free Guy, one of the highest-rated action comedies of all time marks the first collaboration of director Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds. The story follows a bank teller (Reynolds) who discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.
The movie was a huge surprise hit which received some amazing reviews from the audience and was just nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Visual Effects,” going up against Dune, Spider-Man: No Way Home, No Time To Die, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Soon after the movie was released, the sequel was announced, but not much has been said about it since. In the recent interview, 20th Century Fox president Steve Asbell has finally shared some promising, albeit short updates on the filming process. Asbell revealed that the script for the movie is “days away” and that its story is “fantastic”.
“There are movies like Avatar, Planet of the Apes, and now Free Guy that have well-established theatrical precedence for a wide audience. We have more Avatar movies coming, we have more Free Guy movies coming. We’re going to be pretty busy. We’re awaiting a script [for Free Guy 2 ] that is days away. It’s a fantastic story”.
In the last year’s interview for ComicBook.com, the director Levy shared his amazement with Reynolds and admitted that the movie’s success is largely his doing.
“Yeah. The truth is, as I said, if you’re lucky enough to direct Ryan Reynolds in a starring role, you get all these secret weapons in addition. And the truth is that Ryan has very quirky, weird, inspired musical taste. So whether it was the Mariah Carey song or make your own kind of music, like a deep cut from the ’50s or ’60s, Ryan sometimes will go, ‘Is this a weird idea or should we try this song?’ And what I’ve learned with Ryan is don’t say no, at least give it a try because eight out of 10 times, it’s going to be amazing, and it’s going to make it into the movie.”
Their collaboration was so successful, in fact, that they immediately jumped on the new project set to release this month – The Project Adam, in which Reynolds plays a time-traveling pilot teaming up with his younger self in order to save the future.
Free Guy 2 will be set for a late 2023 or 2024 release date, with production set to happen in 2022.