2016 saw Warner Bros. Pictures release “The Accountant,” a pulpy & darkly amusing autistic assassin crime tale starring Ben Affleck and Jon Bernthal in a film by “Warrior” director Gavin O’Connor.
Garnering divisive reviews and a $155.1 million global gross on a $44 million budget along with strong home video sales, there was subsequent talk of a follow-up film with reports back in mid-2017 suggesting one was planned. However there’s been no real movement since then.
Affleck starred in the first as Christian Wolff, a math savant with high functioning autism who works as a forensic accountant and un-cooks the books for unsavoury criminal organizations who are under the glare of law enforcement. Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow and Cynthia Addai-Robinson co-starred.
Talking with Collider recently during Netflix’s “Triple Frontier” promotions, Affleck revealed he’s still very interested in pursuing an ‘Accoountant’ follow-up:
“Yeah, I hope so. I would love to. We’ve talked about kicking some ideas around, this last movie we just did. We talked to the studio and they seemed interested, and they kind of brought it up so, we’re looking to do that. I think it would be fun. I love Gavin, I love the movie I just did with him [Torrance]. I had a great experience and I love the character in The Accountant. I’d certainly be open to it.”
O’Connor has previously said that if they were to do a second one, he had the idea of a “Catcher in the Rye kind of thing” in a story that will deal with much darker subject matter.