Adapted from the 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, the first Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron as an MI6 agent who undertakes a treacherous mission in Berlin circa 1989 (i.e. shortly before the end of the Cold War).
It was a critical and commercial success when it hit theaters in 2017, grossing $100 million at the box office on a $30 million budget and landing praise for Theron’s performance, in combination with the action sequences by John Wick‘s uncredited co-director David Leitch.
The Sequel in Early Development
Discussing Film is reporting Atomic Blonde 2 is being actively developed by Netflix, with 87Eleven (which also worked on the original film) once again producing.
Theron is also set to produce the sequel, though the site’s sources say a writer has yet to be hired. Screen Rant has reached out to 87eleven for confirmation, but have yet to receive a reply at the time of writing.
Not Really A Hard Task
Truth be told, it’s not hard to buy the idea of Netflix making Atomic Blonde 2. The sequel will presumably be a mid-budget production like the original film, meaning it falls well within the streamer’s usual wheelhouse. In addition, both Theron and Leitch already have a previously-established working relationship with Netflix.
The former is starring in the streaming service’s upcoming comic book adaptation The Old Guard (which will launch later this year), while the latter is attached to helm Netflix’s The Division video game movie (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain) sometime within the next year or so.
It’s not clear just yet if the plan for Leitch to direct Atomic Blonde 2, but he’s likely to be involved, seeing as 87eleven is run by his producing partner and wife Kelly McCormack. Stay tune at Wowkia for the further update OK?