Lionsgate has given the greenlight for “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” a sequel to last year’s action-comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” which teamed Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek.
All three are returning for the new film which was announced Thursday at the American Film Market with Lionsgate handling U.S. distribution. The sequel will follow Reynolds’ bodyguard Michael Bryce who is enlisted by Jackson and Hayek’s characters on a mission along the Amalfi Coast.
Patrick Hughes returns to direct a script by Brandon and Phillip Murphy, and filming begins in March. Made for a modest $30 million, the first film raked in more than $180 million globally.