Ben Affleck & Gavin O’Connor Back For ‘The Accountant’ Sequel

A sequel is in the works for The Accountant! Here’s the article from Deadline:

Warner Bros is mobilizing a sequel to the 2016 hit The Accountant. Screenwriter Bill Dubuque, director Gavin O’Connor and Ben Affleck are in talks to return, along with the producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams. All those deals are being worked out right now. I’m told they will then work out the beats of the story, which likely will include Jon Bernthal, whose character asserted himself at the conclusion of the first film.

The original starred Affleck as the title character, a math savant with high-functioning autism who works as a forensic accountant and un-cooks the books for unsavory criminal organizations under the glare of law enforcement. When a new client put him in danger and the Treasury Department closes in, the title character’s skills as an assassin led to a body count that might have prompted John Wick to say, “Woah.”

The film isn’t the kind that usually makes a studio like Warner Bros rush to sequelize. But on a $44 million budget, it grossed $155 million. It was a clever, unusual crime thriller, and there is room to expand the palate with Bernthal, who played a long-lost bad-guy brother equally capable of creating mayhem thanks to the sadistic military ops father who trained them.

Affleck next stars as Batman in Justice League, which Warner Bros opens November 17. O’Connor is also developing with Imperative Entertainment the WWII thriller Atlantic Wall for Bradley Cooper to star in. WME reps Affleck and O’Connor, and CAA and Zero Gravity Management rep Dubuque.

Ben Affleck Has Written His Own Batman Script

Speaking to William Morris Endeavor co-CEO Patrick Whitesell, whose agency represents Ben, THR learned that Ben has already written a script for the untitled Batman reboot that he is also set to direct (and well.. star). Ben is reportedly co-writing the solo Batman movie with Geoff Johns, DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer.

Batman’s greatest strength is that he’s always one step ahead, and it looks like the latest actor to play him has taken that lesson to heart.

In a Hollywood Reporter interview with WME-IMG’s co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, Whitesell reveals how many movies Affleck has currently signed up for when it comes to DC’s Caped Crusader.

“He’s contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape. There’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that’s out there as an option.”

Affleck was first linked to a standalone Batman movie as star, director, and co-writer (with Geoff Johns) last summer, and Whitesell’s remarks indicate the project has progressed since then. Affleck recently told Entertainment Weekly the movie is “in development” but said he’s currently focused on finishing his adaptation of the Dennis Lehane thriller Live By Night.

“I tend to be a one-movie-at-a-time guy. So, when I’m finished with this movie, I’ll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be.”

In addition to the movies Whitesell mentioned, Affleck’s Batman will also make a cameo appearance in August’s Suicide Squad, which includes a number of the hero’s comic book villains as lead characters (His rumored presence was confirmed in footage from the movie released during Comic-Con last year).

‘Batman V Superman’ Box Office Report: Biggest Superhero Debut of All Time

The final tally for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opening weekend box office is in and it is officially the biggest superhero global opener ever. We have summarized the breakdown reports from various sources below.

“Batman v Superman” made history globally with $420.1 million, the No. 4 worldwide bow of all time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million), Jurassic World ($524.9 million) and the final Harry Potter film ($483.2 million). The movie benefited mightily from opening day-and-date everywhere, including in China, where it amassed $57.3 million. The full international weekend grosses show BvS capturing a final tally of $254M on 40K screens in 66 markets for its international opening.

The previous biggest superhero opening was The Avengers, with a global bow of $392.5 million (that film didn’t have the advantage of opening everywhere at the same time). In terms of China, Avengers: Age of Ultron still easily holds the crown with a debut of $155.8 million two weeks after the sequel opened in North America. And in North America, BvS easily bested the $152.2 million debut of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in March 2013 to boast the biggest pre-summer debut in history. Ben Affleck’s Batman also dethroned Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million) as the biggest Batman and DC comics openings ever.

All told, 40 percent of the $170.1 million came from 3D screens. Imax theaters turned in a hefty $18 million from 388 locations, the biggest Easter weekend in history for Imax. And 475 premium large-format screens are reporting $17 million. Internationally, Imax locations turned in another $18 million for a global opening of $36 million, the third-best opening behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.

“Batman v Superman” hit the sweet spot in terms of its audience, drawing a mix of young fans and older moviegoers who had grown up with the comics. The crowd was 62 percent male and 22 percent under 18 years of age, 40 percent under 25 and 60 percent over 25.

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