Gavin O’Connor and Ben Affleck are expected to return for The Accountant sequel
Warner Bros. Pictures is moving forward with plans for a The Accountant sequel. Deadline brings word that director Gavin O’Connor, screenwriter Bill Dubuque and star Ben Affleck are in talks to return for a big screen follow-up to the hit 2016 thriller. The article also notes that the first film’s Jon Bernthal is likely to return as well.
Speaking with CS shortly before the original film’s release, O’Connor was optimistic about the chances for an Accountant sequel.
“There’s more to be explored with this character,” he said. “What excites me is that, most franchises are IPs that people know about. Books or comic books and super heroes. This is entirely original and that’s what I loved about it. This is sort of his origin story. Even though no one has a comic book to read or a book to read or a graphic novel. This is all brand new for everybody. If it works and people want it and there’s an appetite for it, there’s more stories to be told.”
In the original The Accountant, Christian Wolff (Affleck) plays a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
Also starring Jean Smart, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow, The Accountant pulled in $155 million worldwide on a modest budget.
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