When it comes to disaster movies, they don’t often spawn sequels (the original grandaddy of them all, the Airport series, being one of the major exceptions). This week, however, we are learning that the recent Gerard Butler disaster flick Greenland is about to defy the odds and get a follow-up of its own. Anton, Thunder Road Films and G-BASE have announced that they are setting up Greenland: Migration, a sequel with Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin reprising their roles and Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen) returning to direct. The project is going to be shopped at the Cannes virtual market this year and the plot synopsis (which contains some spoilers for the first film) is as follows:
“In a continuation of the story, the Garrity family, who survive a near-extinction level event when an interstellar comet hits the earth, must leave the safety of the Greenland bunker and embark on a perilous journey across the decimated frozen wasteland of Europe to find a new home.”
The script is being written by Chris Sparling (Buried), who also wrote the previous film. Greenland might seem like a surprising choice for a sequel, not only from a story standpoint but also because it didn’t feel like a major hit at the time. However, that is a difficult thing to gauge in the middle of a pandemic; it made over $50 million at the box office and it clearly did well on VOD and streaming, perhaps because there was comfort in watching a disaster movie during a global crisis. Reviews were also more positive than you might expect. Will you actually watch a sequel to Greenland?