Hancock sequel still has potential
I'm one of those that enjoyed Hancock (Filmstalker review), not as much as I could have were certain elements handled better, but the ideas behind it were great and the fact that the superhero wouldn't be so super and would feel alone, isolated and disconnected from humanity were all hugely interesting to me, and seeing his character change through the events of the story was pretty good too.
So yeah, I wouldn't be averse to seeing a sequel, except as I've said before when this has come up, hasn't the story already been told? Peter Berg, Michael Mann, Akiva Goldsman and Will Smith apparently don't think so and they are still discussing the idea, on and off.
This has happened a few times now, one of the group has been interviewed, asked about the sequel, and they've said that they've talked about it and have some ideas but...and so on. I do feel there's a little self-marketing going on here and if they talk enough about the idea then someone will pick up on it, like it, and get in contact with their agents offering them all money to do it.
Partly that, but when you hear Peter Berg still talking about it, and seemingly talking openly and honestly about their meetings, I think he's being truthful.
"We've been talking about the sequel between us, Will Smith, [producers] Michael Mann and Akiva Goldsman and myself...We're all interested, but we literally just have trouble getting into the same room at the same time. We did have a series of meetings last year and started to hash out an idea for sequel -- and Will Smith actually had the idea -- so I think it will happen, it's just a question of timing."
Sequel reports started happening back in July 2008 and the last I'd written about it was back in September 2009 when we heard that Will Smith was on as a script consultant and Charlize Theron had agreed to come back.
We also heard a little about the ideas, and it went along the lines I had thought it might, so if you haven't seen the first film I'd advise you to start looking away as I discuss the finer points of the story.
My fears were that there wasn't much more to tell about the character and we would be turning into standard superhero territory, after all he's gone through the most interesting part of his character development, the man struggling with who he is and fighting against a world of people who want him to be what he can be but don't care or connect with him in any way. It seemed things were going that way.
Berg did say back in August of 2009 that there would be another Immortal involved, and I had thought that meant another Immortal to chase after Theron's character to get at Hancock who is now out in the open. Hancock then has to come and save her and...it's pretty much back to standard territory.
I don't really want to say it but I think the best story of Hancock has been told, and without seeing him fall back into his old ways to fight back through again, I think they're going to have to come up with something pretty different and surprising to deliver a new Hancock that isn't just a standard story wrapped up in a superhero/immortal tale with a wise-cracking hero.