Universal “Absolutely” Discussing ‘Identity Thief’ Sequel Ideas
With Identity Thief racing quickly towards $100 million (the film almost beat A Good Day to Die Hard at this weekend’s box office, a strong hold for its second week,) it’s no surprise that Universal Pictures would want a sequel.
Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson tells the Hollywood Reporter:
THR: What about an Identity Thief sequel? You’ve got a few projects in development with Melissa McCarthy.
Fogelson: Absolutely a conversation that we’re having. We think we created great characters, so we’ll discuss how to re-pair Jason [Bateman] and Melissa going forward.
Identity Thief has grossed $76.6 million in 2 weeks of release. And with McCarthy’s buddy-cop action comedy The Heat (with Sandra Bullock) viewed as one of this summer’s most anticipated comedies, it makes sense for Universal to lock in its principal stars as fast as possible.