Thomas Jane-led Give ‘Em Hell, Malone sequel in the works
It’s been over a decade since the Thomas Jane-led neo-noir crime thriller Give ‘Em Hell, Malone made its premiere at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International and now the Golden Globe nominee is set to return to the character as a sequel is officially in the works, according to Variety.
The sequel, which will be penned by original screenwriter Mark Hosack, will center on the titular character as he re-emerges after a decade of hiding from his past and when a chance encounter exposes him to the world, he must race against the clock to find the man trying to kill him and who is behind a sinister attack that threatens his life.
“Malone has always been one of my favorite characters and we’re all thrilled that the original film found such a devoted fanbase,” Jane said in a statement. “I couldn’t stop thinking about where Malone would be now and where he is headed.”
The untitled sequel will be produced by Renegade Entertainment, the banner co-founded by Courtney Lauren Penn and Jane, alongside Richard Rionda Del Castro’s Hannibal Media, with the latter label set to fully finance the film and handle worldwide sales for the project.
“Revisiting Malone is one of the highlights of my writing career,” Hosack said in a statement. “The idea was to inject Malone into a grounded, Hitchcockian-thriller this time — and put our anti-hero, not just through a physical grinder, but an emotional one as well. Sure, there’s all the action expected from a Malone movie, but as his story continues to unfold, you’ll get to see him journey to some pretty extreme places as a character. The idea is to keep it real and keep it dangerous. I can’t wait for everyone to check out what we’re cooking up.”
Directed by Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction), the original film centered on a tough as nails private investigator (Malone) as he squares off with gangsters and their thugs to protect a valuable secret. Malone goes through hell to protect the information but he dishes some hell as well. Alongside Jane, the cast for the film included Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible — Fallout), Elsa Pataky (The Fate of the Furious) and French Stewart (Deadly Class).
Shooting on the Malone sequel is currently slated to begin in the third quarter of this year.