At a summer movie season bereft of actually going into the movies, Netflix serves up a heaping dose of much-needed thrills in The Old Guard. But will the streaming giant offer us a sequel with The Old Guard 2?
Comic book author and screenwriter Greg Rucka tells the end of the film sets up a future instalment — one which currently exists in comic book form. This is what we know up to now about The Old Guard 2.
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Old Guard celebrities Charlize Theron as the chief of an elite group of immortal mercenaries who recruit a former U.S. Marine named the Nile. When a considerable pharma billionaire attempts to use their immortality for gain, the”Old Guard” fight back to save both the planet and themselves.
The movie The Old Guard contrasts, occasionally down to the panel, the 2017 Image Comics series created by Rucka and artist Leandro Fernández. For the screen, Rucka adapted his book script for the movie.
“The chance to tell the story in another way means focus shifts,” Rucka informs. “When I’m writing a comic, it tends to be more hero-focused even when there’s a group. The story was pretty much about Andy. The film is upfront about the Nile. We can highlight the Nile. That is an advantage.” The writer also considers the film is”more uplifting” compared to the comic.
“And I’m happy with this,” Rucka states.
The Old Guard had quite the fast track in turning into a movie, with negotiations occurring shortly after the release of its very first issue. As manufacturing took place during 2019, Rucka and Fernández must work on the comic book’s sequel, The Old Guard: Force Multiplied. Its first issue was published, and its closing issue will be posted on July 15.
Here’s how The Old Guard’s ending and mid-credits scene sets up a possible sequel, one mapped out in The Old Guard: Force Multiplied.
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END OF THE OLD GUARD?
As The Old Guard reveals, the immortal mercenary Andy (Charlize Theron) is haunted by the loss of her lover, Quinn, played by Veronica Ngo. (In the comics, the character is called Noriko.) With Quinn — also an immortal — sentenced to the base, Andy and Quinn/Noriko have ripped during the Middle Ages.
But in a mid-credits scene, which recreates a scene from the first problem of The Old Guard: Force Multiplied, we learn Quinn is alive. And while her dialogue is a little cryptic, we could deduce she is not happy with how things ended between Andy and her.
“I always knew in the comic which Noriko would be coming back,” Rucka informs. “She estimate’ expires’ under the ocean. I thought the next logical question was, What happens when one of these goes wrong? ”
Together with the story’s premise of immortal mercenaries, Rucka pondered the”immediate unsolvable problem” of an Old Guard-er gone rogue. That is where Quinn comes into play.
“God bless Veronica. With a single point, Quinn is like,’You are crazy. You are not at all at home,'” Rucka says. “It’d be classless for me to deny it wouldn’t be wonderful set-up for a sequel if we’re fortunate enough to have them.”
IS THERE A TRAILER FOR THE OLD GUARD 2?
Not unless you count the end of The Old Guard. Production hasn’t even begun, and are being printed. So don’t expect any information about a sequel any time soon.
WHEN IS THE OLD GUARD 2 RELEASE DATE ON NETFLIX?
With The Old Guard using only made its debut on Netflix, there is presently no word regarding an official sequel to the movie. But because of the movie’s faithfulness to Rucka’s comic book series, the actual funny movie is a fitting spot to feed one’s newfound Old Guard obsession.