Ryan Reynolds Reveals Disney Wants a ‘Free Guy’ Sequel as Film Scores Strong Opening Box Office

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It looks like Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has another franchise on his hands.

Free Guy has been released to a strong start at the box office and has seen warm reviews from both critics and audiences. And this, by the rules of Hollywood, means a sequel is basically a given.

Reynolds, both star and producer of the film, took to Twitter with news that Disney is looking to go ahead with a follow-up to the film. “Aaaannnnd after 3 years messaging #FreeGuy as an original IP movie, Disney confirmed today they officially want a sequel. Woo hoo!!” Reynolds posted, along with the self-aware hashtag, #irony.

Free Guy director and fellow producer Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, the Night at the Museum trilogy) confirmed the news, replying to Reynolds with a quote tweet simply saying “Yuuuuuuuup.”

At the time of writing, the Disney/20th Century Studios picture has drawn a worldwide box office debut of $US51 million – a very strong start for a pandemic-era film. The film hit the top spot in a number of markets, including the US, the UK, Russia, the Middle East, Hong Kong and New Zealand. In Australia, which is currently being hit hard by lockdowns, the film opened in second place. With a run that’s just getting started and with a potential China release in future, Free Guy could prove to be quite the hit.

It’s also an impressive pull for an original IP, although you just know that Disney is looking at the tie-in brand potential that the film’s video game universe narrative could allow for in future.

Reacting to the news of the film’s early success, Reynolds tweeted that he was “blown away” by the reception so far. “The reactions, and now attendance, have blown me away. Thank you,” Reynolds posted. “It’s heart-warming to see so many people embrace heart-warming.”

Also starring Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery and Taika Waititi, Free Guy has Reynolds playing a bank teller who discovers that he’s actually an NPC (“nonplayable character”) inside a brutal, open world video game.

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