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Salt 2 Gets a New, Female Screenwriter, Another Chance At Existing


After Salt made more than $300 million when its box office was tallied, Salt 2 seemed like an obvious choice. But after the first movie’s director bowed out of any franchise plans and Angelina Jolie herself rejected the first attempt at a script, things seemed dead in the water. At least until now, when Columbia Pictures has hired Becky Johnston to take another run at the script.

Salt is a movie of note for me not because it made a huge hit in our culture (it didn’t, even though it was a box office success, possibly because it was a bigger hit abroad than in the U.S.). It’s because it was a spy thriller written for one of Hollywood’s most bankable leading men, Tom Cruise, who turned the part down after deciding that it was too similar to his roles in the Mission: Impossible movies. Instead of replacing Cruise with another male action star, the role wound up going to Angelina Jolie (after a script rewrite where the most major change was removing the existence of the titular character’s spouse and children, which could engender practically an entire post’s worth of talk about how Hollywood presents motherhood and women’s attachment to family), and creating a blockbuster action movie with a female lead with none of the clichés frequently associated with such efforts.

Becky Johnston’s the woman behind the scripts of Seven Years in Tibet and The Prince of Tides, and dang if the prospect of a woman-written, woman-starring action spy flick doesn’t intrigue me. It’s far too early in the production to think of it like a real thing, but I sure hope it becomes one soon.

(via /Film.)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000120726961 Tim W Burke

    The Prince of Frickin’ Tides?!

  • Anonymous

    This movie needs Gina Carano.

  • Anonymous

    I think that’s $300 million, not 3.

  • Anonymous

    Hope so too. Hollywood has returned recently to being a poor place for women, where they are mothers, wives, girlfriends, or spend much of a film in a bikini for the snickering pleasure of teenagers. The Salt concept was a good one, even if you only take it as a non-US very capable spy who operates against the interests of the US but nonetheless shares many of the same values and ethical limitations. That last is the best way I can think to describe how though she’s working against the US she’s still a “good guy”. The end of the first film set her up to be an independent operator who may work for both the US and Russia, perhaps with the intent to shut down an unethical operation in Russia (hers). Because of its uniqueness I’d rather they keep her as an enemy of the US even if they work with her in secret. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and though she can remain loyal to Russia she can still benefit US interests by going after the bad elements on either side…

  • Anonymous

    You are correct. I have since wrangled the escaped zeroes and returned them to their proper place.

  • Anonymous

    I never saw her as working against the US, though the movie tries to give that appearance for awhile, to save her husband. And the end of the movie implies that, although the US views her as a threat, she intends to take down the Russian plants hidden in the US to protect the US. I never got a sense of any residual loyalty to Russia from her.

    This movie also needs more Operative(Chiwetal Ejiofor needs to be in ALL the things)

  • brandon

    Oh come ON! In what universe would we actually think that salt 2 would be a good idea. Have any of you seen the movie. Hanna, for all of it’s barrowing (literaly stealing) ideas and concepts from the bourne films, would be a much better candidate for a sequal than salt.

  • http://twitter.com/ChannelDiza Chanel Diaz

    “Becky Johnston’s the woman behind the scripts of Seven Years in Tibet and The Prince of Tides, and dang if the prospect of a woman-written, woman-starring action spy flick doesn’t intrigue me. It’s far too early in the production to think of it like a real thing, but I sure hope it becomes one soon.”

    I hope it becomes the Real Thing, too. I Loved Salt. I kept joking in my mind, if there was to be a sequel, it’d be called: “Salt & Pepper.” XD

  • http://twitter.com/GeekFurious GeekFurious

    Didn’t much care for the first movie. Too much silly action. I was looking for something a bit more grounded in reality.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, because we can only make one sequel to a female-led action movie.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a shame they didn’t stick with the gritty realism that the action movie genre is so well known for

  • Anonymous

    There has to be a salt 2 and maybe left alone,salt was brilliant.