Johnny English Sequel In The Works

Universal Pictures and Working Title are assembling a sequel to the spy comedy “Johnny English” says Variety.

The 2003 James Bond satire had Rowan Atkinson starring as an inept British Intelligence worker called into service after every secret agent in the country is wiped out in an explosion at a funeral. He soon uncovers a plot by French prison entrepreneur Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich) to steal the British Crown Jewels.

The original cost a modest $40 million and even though it flopped in the U.S. ($28 million), it did very well overseas with a global $161 million haul.

Oliver Parker (“St. Trinian’s”) is onboard to direct with the budget expected to be around the same. The move is seen as an example of the struggling studio’s new plans to avoid high-cost, high-risk fare.

Hamish McColl (“Mr. Bean’s Holiday”) penned the screenplay and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. Filming kicks off in August.