After the success of Free Guy, you’d think Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds would be itching to make the sequel, right? Well, yes, but also no. They’ve got their reasons why, and they’re pretty good ones.
More Like Going At My Own Pace Guy
Collider reveals that they managed to corner Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen, Real Steel, Free Guy) and Ryan Reynolds for an interview. They talked about many things, including their upcoming sci-fi film on Netflix: The Adam Project. Mostly, the duo talked about their recent experiences making films together, and how much they loved it. However, they eventually reached the meat and bones of the matter: Free Guy 2. In fact, these are Shawn Levy’s exact words on the subject:
“We loved Free Guy. We were thrilled that Free Guy was as successful as it was, and particularly as an original movie at a time where few get made and even fewer are hits. So that was gratifying. And if we can crack that sequel, that’s something that might be very fun to make together.
I’ve definitely gotten that phone call. I don’t know how to quantify the how much, but that exact phone call that you just basically paraphrased, that’s a call. I’ve gotten a few of those in the past several months. So there is definitely real interest there. But to Ryan’s point, we knew. We had such a clear idea of the tone, the story, the details of Free Guy, and we both made a few sequels in our lives, and so we know how hard it is to make a worthy one. And when we feel confident that’s the kind we’ll make, then we’ll make it.”
Free Guy 2: Worth the Wait?
So what it boils down to is that Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds know they have a hit with Free Guy, so that means they need to be absolutely certain of the sequel. They mentioned making a few sequels in their lives. However, they’ve almost certainly also seen other sequels fail to live up to their predecessors. Many other sequels, to be precise. Of all the sequels I’ve watched, I think the Toy Story sequels are the only ones that not only kept living up to their predecessors, but even exceeded them.
That’s probably what they’re aiming for. They don’t want another A Good Day to Die Hard. They want a Toy Story 2 or Toy Story 3. It’d definitely be a good idea to give them the time they need to make Free Guy 2 just as good. So my advice? Have patience young ones, and wait for Guy to make his eventual reappearance. No matter how much time he needs. It’ll be worth it. In the meantime, why not check out Free Guy 1 on Disney+, since it just arrived there?