by: Donna Whitehead
Das Films is at work on NOVEMBER MAN 2, a sequel to the upcoming Pierce Brosnan film “The November Man.” The film tells the story of former secret agent Peter Devereaux, who is forced out of retirement and soon finds himself facing off against his former student. It’s based on the novel “There Are No Spies” from the “November Man” series by Bill Granger. In addition to Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace”), Luke Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”), and Bill Smitrovich (“Ted”) star.
Without having seen “The November Man,” it’s hard to say what the plot of the sequel might be, but there’s plenty to pick from in the source materials; “There Are No Spies” is the seventh in the 13-book series. The next book in the series, “The Infant of Prague,” sees Devereaux kidnapped by his archenemy Colonel Ready during a botched mission–but given that Das Films started by adapting the seventh book in the series, there’s no reason to think they’ll go in chronological order for the sequel.
We do know that Boon Saleem, the executive who over saw the first film, is doing the same for the sequel. “The November Man” was directed by Roger Donaldson off a script written by Karl Gajdusek, so it’s possible we could see a return from them for the sequel. The same goes for the film’s actors; Brosnan was pretty heavily involved in the process of bringing Granger’s book to the screen, so he’d probably be up for a return.
Of course, this is all undoubtedly contingent on how “The November Man” performs. If it does well, though, this could be the start of a whole new spy franchise for Brosnan, who is one of the best-known actors to play James Bond. The film is slated for an August 27 release (that’s a Wednesday, for those without savant-like knowledge of the calendar), and there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of competition that week; there’s the psychological thriller “The Loft” and the horror film “Jessabelle.” On the other hand, as a Wednesday release, the film may have to contend with stronger competition from the previous weekend’s debuts, which include “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” So it should be interesting to see what happens.