Gerard Butler and 50 Cent’s Den of Thieves is currently in cinemas, and has so far chalked up some respectable middle of the road ratings from the public.
And it seems that is enough for studio bosses and both stars to jump straight back into the fray with a follow up to the film reportedly being green lit less than a month after the original was release.
According to Deadline, the heist sequel has been green lit, and the follow-up will see lead character Nick ‘Big Nick’ O’Brien once again played by the 48-year-old Gerard.
Fellow cast members O’Shea Jackson Jr., and 50 (Curtis Jackson) will also return for the second outing, which will once again be helmed by Christian Gudegast, with returning crew members including Tucker Tooley, Mark Canton, and Alan Siegel.
Christian is also writing the script from an original idea, after he penned the first instalment with the help of Paul Scheuring.
According to the website, Den of Thieves 2 will see Big Nick (Butler) on the hunt in the streets of Europe closing in on Donnie (Jackson Jr.), who is embroiled in the dangerous world of diamond thieves and the infamous Panther mafia, as they plot a massive heist of the world’s biggest diamond exchange.
Tucker and Mark are on board to produce the sequel with Gerard and Alan’s production company G-BASE, whilst 50 Cent – real name Curtis Jackson – will produce through his production company G-Unit Film & Television, Inc.
It comes as Den of Thieves over-performed at the box office after its release last month, collecting around £33.2 million ($46.8 million) to date.
The action flick follows Big Nick, the hard drinking leader of the Regulators, an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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Big Nick is hellbent on taking down the Outlaws, a gang of ex-military men lead by Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) who use their expertise and tactical skills to evade the law.
O’Brien, Merrimen and their crews soon find themselves on a direct collision course as the criminals hatch an elaborate plan for a seemingly impossible heist.