Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles is a great example of a movie that delivered some impressive trailers but ultimately ended up being nothing more than an empty shell, disappointing both moviegoers and critics alike. Despite the bait and switch, the movie had a strong opening weekend and eventually managed to make over $200 million worldwide. That’s not quite enough to compete with the summer blockbuster crowd, but it’s certainly more than enough to make Sony consider a sequel. This week Liebesman confirmed that another Battle: Los Angeles movie was in the early stages of development. Here is what he had to say:
“We’ve just started the script now, so that’s where we are. We have just begun the script. Just because I don’t want the studio to get pissed at me, I’m not sure what I can and can’t say about it. But what’s exciting is it sounds like the budget will be as big. They’re really going to make it an event.”
The original film cost $70 million to make, which is not all that huge by today’s standards. I suppose at the very least, they are smart not to increase the budget. If you ask me, the original barely even has a story to expand on, but maybe with a different director at the helm they could do something interesting with it. Battle: New York maybe? Battle: Chicago? What do you think, will audiences be interested in a sequel after already being burned once? Coincidentally, we’ll find out this weekend when Liebesman’s new film Wrath of the Titans hits theatres!