The Old Guard director opens up about potential sequel
Last Friday, Netflix debuted its latest action-fantasy film The Old Guard which was positively received by viewers and critics. After becoming the streamer’s most-watch movie a day after its release, fans have been clamoring for a sequel especially given its intense cliffhanger which saw the return of Van Veronica Ngo’s Quynh, who is still alive after hundreds of years of being imprisoned inside an iron coffin at the bottom of the sea. That’s why many people have been so interested and excited at what comes next for the band of immortal warriors and how Charlize Theron’s Andy will react to meeting Quynh again.
Speaking with Games Radar, director Gina Prince-Blythewood opened up about The Old Guard‘s potential sequel, revealing that she already has plans for the film’s future.
“It’ll be based on the graphic novel,” Prince-Bythewood explained. “In terms of what Greg [Rucka] has written, Quynh has reared her head, and that causes some issues, absolutely. But also, there’s a very grounded story tackling problems within the world, which again brings more villains that are not with immortality, so it’s a really cool balance between the two, in the graphic novel.”
In another interview with Collider, Prince-Blythewood also revealed that graphic novel creator and screenwriter Greg Rucka had always envisioned the film adaptation to become a trilogy. “Greg has always envisioned this as a trilogy. I know where the story is going and it’s pretty dope.”
Based on Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez’s comic book of the same name, The Old Guard tells of a small group of soldiers, led by a woman named Andromache of Scythia or Andy, who are inexplicably immortal and have been working as mercenaries through the ages. But in the 21st century, the novelty of not dying is long gone as the group gets a jolt in their bones when they discover the existence of a new immortal, a black woman serving in the Marines, at the same time as a nefarious organization captures their undying actions on camera.
The film adaptation will be led by Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road) as Andromache of Scythia, Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) as Nile and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) as Copley. It will also feature Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin) as Yusuf Al-Kaysani, Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) as Niles Freeman, Matthias Schoenaerts (Red Sparrow) as Sebastian le Livre, Luca Marinelli (Trust) as Nicolo di Genova, Harry Melling (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs) as Merrick and Veronica Ngo (Bright).
The Old Guard is directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood (Beyond the Lights) from a script written by comic book creator Greg Rucka as he makes his feature screenplay debut. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance are set to produce. Marc Evans, Theron and her Denver and Delilah principals Beth Kono and AJ Dlx will also produce. Stan Wlodkowski and Rucka will serve as executive producers.