In 2018, Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick and Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively teamed up for A Simple Favor, tailored from the same-named novel by Darcey Bell. The darkish comedy thriller was met with a variety of important reward (CinemaBlend gave the film 4 out of 5 stars) and carried out decently on the field workplace, however on the time, it appeared like a one-and-done affair, particularly given the ending. Not so, because it’s been introduced that Kendrick and Lively are reuniting for A Simple Favor 2.
Just like with the primary film, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively can be directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig, and screenwriter Jessica Sharzer and producer Laura Fischer are returning too (the previous will even govt produce). Deadline studies that this time round, Lionsgate, the studio behind A Simple Favor, is partnering with Amazon Studios to carry A Simple Favor 2 to the plenty. It’s unclear if this partnership means A Simple Favor 2 will go straight to streaming or have a theatrical run beforehand, however these studios coming collectively has paved the way in which for one more cinematic story starring Kendrick’s Stephanie Smothers and Blake Lively’s Emily Nelson.
A Simple Favor adopted Stephanie, a widowed single mom and blogger, turning into pals with Emily, A PR director for a style firm whose son was in the identical class as Stephanie’s son. The ladies develop shut, however tragedy strikes when Emily seemingly dies. However, Stephanie quickly learns that not solely is Emily nonetheless alive, however there’s extra to her previous than she’s let on. I received’t delve into particular spoilers for many who haven’t seen A Simple Favor (it may be streamed on Tube on the time of this writing), however let’s simply say the story ends in a means the place it didn’t appear to be Stephanie and Emily would cross paths once more.
Well, shock, A Simple Favor 2 is now touring down the developmental pipeline, although no plot particulars have been revealed presently. Since the unique novel stood by itself, we’re heading into uncharted territory for this sequel. Still, between A Simple Favor’s 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes amongst skilled critics, and pulling in over $97 million worldwide off a reported $20 million finances, it is sensible Lionsgate desires to dip again into this cinematic pool, and with Amazon Studios to assist out for this second spherical.
Since A Simple Favor got here out, Anna Kendrick has appeared in films like The Day Shall Come, Noelle and Stowaway, in addition to govt produced the favored HBO Max sequence Love Life, which she starred in throughout its first season and made a visitor look throughout the next season. Blake Lively’s solely film since A Simple Favor has been The Rhythm Section, however along with returning for the sequel, she’s additionally set to make her function directorial debut with Seconds, primarily based on the same-named graphic novel by Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. As for Paul Feig, he’s delivering The School for Good and Evil to Netflix later this 12 months, and since he’s had hassle getting Dark Army off the bottom, I believe A Simple Favor 2 would be the subsequent function on his to-do checklist.
CinemaBlend will go alongside extra notable particulars about A Simple Favor 2 as quickly as they arrive in. Until then, look via the 2022 film releases to determine what cinematic leisure you’ll carve out time for later this 12 months.