According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is now putting together "The Accountant 2," with star Affleck, director Gavin O'Connor, screenwriter Bill Dubuque, and producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams in talks to return. It's not clear yet if Jon Bernthal will also return, but Deadline thinks it's "likely," once they "work out the beats of the story."
The 2016 action drama -- which also starred Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, and Jean Smart -- got mostly positive reviews and made about $155 million worldwide off a reported $44 million budget.
"The Accountant" is not the most obvious candidate for a sequel, although the story certainly left room for one. Fans seemed pleasantly surprised by the news, on the whole, and went straight to work offering punny reactions:
THE ACCOUNTANT 2 is in the works. I just hope the storyline's not too...— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) June 26, 2017
this better be called "The Accountant 2: The Restatement" https://t.co/OXKTfoHEOs— Matt Levine (@matt_levine) June 26, 2017
The Accountant 2: LIFO The Party— Tara Lachapelle (@taralach) June 26, 2017
THE ACCOUNTANT 2: ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE https://t.co/JNmEng3na7— Whitney McIntosh (@WhitneyM02) June 26, 2017
THE ACCOUNTANT 2: This Time It's Personal (Expenses) https://t.co/hpakD6eFpW— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 26, 2017
The Accountant: First Blood Part II— Ryan Lambie (@ryanlambie) June 26, 2017
Ben Affleck's back... to Balance the Books..
Pleased to announce that I have been cast as Ben Affleck's nemesis "The Actuary" in THE ACCOUNTANT: AUDIT. https://t.co/tN5hi0hOnd— David Roth (@david_j_roth) June 26, 2017
The Accountant 2: Off the Books? https://t.co/ZKNtHPxoUR— James Oliphant (@jamesoliphant) June 26, 2017
The Accountant (W)2 little tax humor there for ya 🤑 https://t.co/RB5fmkmL0c— Drew Lazor (@drewlazor) June 26, 2017
The Accountant 2: EXXcel— Max Weiss (@maxthegirl) June 26, 2017
The Accountant 2: That's Amortization— Jason Abbruzzese (@JasonAbbruzzese) June 26, 2017
The Accountant 2: Mind the GAAP— Jason Abbruzzese (@JasonAbbruzzese) June 26, 2017
The Accountant 2: More Numbers— Chris Jancelewicz (@CJancelewicz) June 26, 2017
The Accountant 2: Next Page
The Accountant 2: The Secret Ledger
The Accountant: No. 2 Pencil
so many options
Terrible! All of you should be
proud ashamed of how perfect awful those are.
LaineyGossip offered these options as well:
"The Accountant 2: Red Ledger
The Accountant 2: Trial Balance
The Accountant 2: Payable Payback
If this movie doesn't have a ludicrous subtitle, I will be SO disappointed."
We'll have to wait and see what they do decide to go with, assuming things add up well between the script and the actors and the schedules and everything else.
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