Studios are desperate for more franchises right now, especially the smaller ones like STXFilms who’ve decided the soft $74 million worldwide box-office success of the Gerard Butler-led crime thriller “Den of Thieves” was enough to justify a sequel.
The cut-rate “Heat” rip-off follows an “elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department” taking on a “gang of ex-military men” who plan to rob the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles. 50 Cent, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Pablo Schreiber and Evan Jones co-starred.
The film’s writer-director Christian Gudegast has now spoken with ScreenRant about their plans for the follow-up which will be inspired by the Antwerp diamond exchange heist of 2003 with the focus on Donnie (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) and Nick O’Brien (Butler):
“Every studio wants a little mini-franchise if possible. Thankfully, thank god, we’re all very fortunate that it did very well and now we’re going to do a sequel which is great. But that initially the plan. That’s just something that sort of you know as we were making it and we were feeling that the twist was working, and it setting up well for a sequel – if it performed, that we would do one. And it performed so, the sequel will be something that I have researched for years and years.
I’m adapting a different story to make it a sequel about the Pink Panther mafia and the diamond thieves from Europe. It’s all going to be set in Europe. And it’s going be about Big Nick hunting Donnie, who’s involved in a diamond heist and he’s teamed up with the former Pink Panther mafia, and it’s about Nick hunting him along with… Nick is also going to be hunted by another group, I won’t reveal right now. It’s gonna, there’ll be a few different kinds of twist in this one. It’ll be hopefully very surprising.”
The first “Den of Thieves” will hit Blu-ray and rental VOD on April 24th. The second hasn’t set a date as yet.