Greg Rucka confirms that discussions have taken place regarding The Old Guard 2. This, according to a recent interview with the writer conducted by Discussing Film. Rucka wrote the comic book the recent hit Netflix movie was based on, as well as the screenplay. As far as a sequel goes, Rucka believes that decision will be made a while from now.
“Yeah, certainly. There have been discussions, nothing is confirmed, and I don’t think there will be a decision made as to whether or not another one is in the offing for a while yet,” Rucka said. “The decision to make another one is going to be made by people who are far outside of my lane. If they decide to do another one, I am absolutely there for it.”
“One of the things that I do like about the movie is that while the film has what I call a ‘In case of sequel, break glass’ scene, the movie does not demand a sequel,” Rucka added. “It’s not a story where you reach the end and they’ve actually hit an end. The movie has a resolution and I think that it’s a very satisfying one as a result. There’s more you can do, and the movie absolutely opens the possibility for that, but it doesn’t demand it. It doesn’t say, ‘Oh, this will only make sense if we do another one!’”
The Old Guard proved to be a huge hit for Netflix. Starring Charlize Theron and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, it dominated the streaming service’s top ten charts immediately following its release. With that, a sequel seemed like a forgone conclusion. However, it seems that nobody is rushing to make it happen just to capitalize.
Rucka did express his desire to write The Old Guard 2, given the chance. Further, he explained that he would definitely draw on the source material from his comic should that come to pass.
“It’s safe to say that should there be a sequel and should I write it, I will be drawing heavily from the source material,” Rucka said. “But one of the luxuries of being able to adapt your own work is to go, ‘Okay, I get to do something different here. I can change it.’ What works in the comic might not work on film and that’s important to recognize. The idea that this is a translation is a mistake. It’s not. It’s an adaptation. A novel is not a play, and a play is not a movie, and a comic is not a feature film. So one has to engage with a willingness to acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of the respective medium, and knowing that what worked in the comic may not work on screen.
Here is the official synopsis for The Old Guard.
“Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (KiKi Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. “