Will there be an ultra American sequel?
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh, ‘American Ultra’ is a roller coaster ride on a strange cinematic journey. Partly a stoner comedy, part a CIA mystery thriller, and part a romantic drama, the film is an integral mix of fun and seriousness. The premise includes a government plot and a stoner who learns he has special powers. Starting off as an illusion, the film’s comedic dystopia becomes all too real after a while. While the movie is pretty much all over the place, it has the potential to appeal to fans of various genres. And with a star-studded cast set including Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Topher Grace in the center roles, it’s a movie you can count on to empty your popcorn buckets. But after watching the movie in its entirety, some of you might be wondering what the prospects are for a sequel. If you think the film needs a follow-up, let us dig into it.
American Ultra Sequel release date
‘American Ultra’ premiered on August 18, 2015 at the Theater at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Soon after, on August 21, 2015, the film hit theaters widely in countries like the United States, Canada, and India.
Now consider the prospects for the sequel. Screenwriter Max Landis, who wrote the story for “American Ultra,” already had a pretty clear idea for a sequel by the time the original film hit theaters. He took the idea from director Nima Nourizadeh, who was also interested in a follow-up. Max had an idea for the sequel where Mike turns into a villain and Phoebe has to rise to the occasion and be the hero. The director also disclosed in an interview that the sequel could follow the original story or could be a spin-off. As a spin-off, the director could base the sequel’s story on the character of Apollo Ape. Looking at the fun credit streak, this also seems like a great idea.
But a sequel project is often presupposed by the first installment’s box office collections, and looking at the collections one can pretty much infer that the film wasn’t exactly a smash hit. While fans praised Eisenberg and Stewart’s main performances and rightly found the moments to be hilarious, the story turned out to be jarring for many. Plus, stoner comedies usually don’t have a sequel until they swell into massive franchises like “The Hangover.” However, “American Ultra” combines comedy and spy thriller to present its quirky cocktail and therefore has more potential for a sequel. But the film did not break even until the box office, which puts a damper on the sequel project.
After writing this film, Landis moved on to other projects like “Shadow in the Cloud” and “Bright”. Two other films where he was a screenwriter are in preparation from 2021. The director, meanwhile, is in talks about an untitled project retracing the life of footballer Jamie Vardy. All things considered, the director and screenwriter went with this project. Therefore, an ‘American Ultra’ sequel seems highly improbable.
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