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Although 2010’s Angelina Jolie-starring Salt didn’t earn the greatest reviews, it grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, which is enough for Columbia to justify interest in making a sequel. The project is moving forward and has reportedly picked a new writer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Becky Johnston, whose credits include Barbra Streisand’s 1991 film The Prince of Tides and 1997’s Seven Years in Tibet (which starred Jolie’s future husband Brad Pitt). Her next projects include Brad Bird’s 1906 and Arthur Newman, which stars Colin Firth and Emily Blunt.
Indiewire reports that Kurt Wimmer was the last writer assigned to the project, but Jolie passed on his early draft.
The original film grossed $293.5 million worldwide and starred Jolie as CIA agent Evelyn Salt. The film also starred Liev Schreiber and was directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Wimmer.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash are producing the sequel.
Jolie is currently working on Disney’s Maleficent, in which she stars as the Sleeping Beauty in a live-action retelling of the story.