Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to return for the sequel, which will probably be co-produced by Emmett-Furla-Oasis and Beijing-based Leomus Pictures.
Escape Plan 2, the sequel to Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2013 prison-break thriller, is heading east.
Beijing-based Leomus Pictures and Emmett-Furla-Oasis have partnered to co-finance and make the movie as a China-U.S. co-production.
Stallone has signed on to reprise his position as a jail safety specialist, however Schwarzenegger’s return remains to be underneath dialogue, a Leomus consultant stated. Miles Chapman, screenwriter on the primary movie, is again to script the sequel.
Given how the primary movie’s launch went, deepening the sequel’s connection to China, the world’s number-two movie market, would seem a wise transfer. With Leomus dealing with native advertising and distribution, the unique Escape Plan earned $40.9 million within the Center Kingdom — a big slice of its $137 million international haul and significantly greater than the $25 million the movie took in North America.
Escape Plan 2 is anticipated to function some Chinese language story parts to deepen its native resonance, Leomus stated.
Leomus is a associate with Hunan TV within the Chinese language broadcaster’s $375 million slate financing cope with Lionsgate, which started in 2015. The corporate has a monitor report of efficiently localizing Hollywood fare. The corporate distributed Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2 in China, with the second movie incomes $97 million there — Lionsgate’s largest whole ever within the territory. As THR reported in July, Lionsgate and Leomus have partnered to co-produce a Chinese language spinoff of Now You See Me.
EFO founders Randall Emmett and George Furla will return as producers on Escape Plan 2, together with Leomus CEO Jie Qiu and Mark Canton, Zack Schiller and Robbie Brenner. Ted Fox, Mark Stewart, Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb will govt produce with The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones.
EFO lately wrapped principal images on Gotti, directed by Kevin Connolly and starring John Travolta, in addition to the Nicolas Cage-starrer Inconceivable. The corporate’s subsequent launch is Amityville: The Awakening on June 30 through The Weinstein Firm.