‘Spy 2’: Paul Feig Teases Jason Statham’s “Less Self-Aware” Return

     June 21, 2016

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Though he’s already signed on to make The Heat 2 with his screenwriting partner Katie Dippold, Paul Feig hasn’t made sequelizing a habit. However, one property he says he’d to expand is Spy. During an interview with Empire magazine, the filmmaker said he already has an idea drummed up for Spy 2 that will happen with Melissa McCarthy and — drumroll, please — Jason Statham’s Rick Ford.

Word of a sequel was revealed last year by The Guardian, who reported Feig was already working on another chapter before cameras even began rolling on Ghostbusters. But Feig told Empire:

That’s another world that I don’t want to walk away from. It’s the first thing I did that I set up to be a possible franchise and Melissa is dying to do it. I have a story for it, and a funny idea that will kick it off that involves Statham.

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He added in the interview:


 

Susan Cooper is one of my favorite characters I’ve ever come up with, but Rick Ford is possibly the one I’ll take to the grave with me. Will he get any more self-aware in the sequel? No, god no. He’ll get less self-aware.

Statham was the comedic surprise of Spy, which saw him as the egomaniacal secret agent who embedded himself in Susan’s mission under his own authority. When we last saw him, he was headed “out to sea” on a lake — but then, as Susan horrifically realized, he popped up again in bed next to her. Though the story made sense as a standalone, there’s plenty of opportunities to continue Susan’s undercover adventures.

At the very least, it also means that Feig’s relationship with McCarthy is far from over. They’ve been consistently working together since Bridesmaids, and she’ll be seen next in Ghostbusters and The Heat 2. Perhaps she’ll even pop up in Feig’s Wish List, which currently only has announced Reese Witherspoon in a role.

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