With RED earning $199 million worldwide and RED 2 already bumped up for an earlier release this summer, it comes with very little surprise that Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate already gave the green light to writers Jon and Erich Hoeber to start work on a third installment. Due out on July 19, RED 2 already has some people* calling it the surefire best sequel of the year, while others** already believe that just by greenlighting a third film, this will become the greatest trilogy in movie history.
The first RED film featured a comedic take on the original, much more serious comic series, written by Warren Ellis, and starred Bruce Willis as the over-the-hill CIA operative fighting back against a younger agent misguidedly trying to assassinate him and his former associates (Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, among others). In the sequel, Willis and Co. team up with Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones to track down a nuke in the heart of Mother Russia.
And while I don’t know what the Hoeber brothers have planned for a third, I’d like to offer my own idea.