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The Angelina Jolie-led action thriller Salt was a surprisingly bit hi when it opened in the summer of 2010, holding its own against male-led action films like The Expendables and Prince of Persia and reaffirming Jolie's importance as a female action star. And while a sequel was put into development pretty quickly, it's been quiet ever since then, with nothing but word that the sequel was in process and Philip Noyce would not be returning to direct it.
Now Jolie herself may have put another obstacle in the film's way. Moviehole reports that Jolie has turned down the recent script drafted by Kurt Wimmer, and the writer is now reshaping it to hopefully come up with a draft that makes the actress happy. Jolie has seemed committed to the film in the past-- and it's her vehicle, so she can shape it however she likes-- but the longer they wait to put something together, the less likely it may become that the movie happens. Jolie is plenty in demand, of course, and she's getting ready to play the Disney villainess Maleficent, with plenty of other projects also on the docket. Is she always going to be able to make time for Salt 2?
I enjoyed the original movie a lot, as a kind of breath-of-fresh-air alternative to the superhero movies and franchises that generally dominate the summer, and I've been holding out hope that the sequel would come together. But the longer they wait, the less likely it seems. If you're also hoping the movie happens, cross your fingers that a better draft makes its way to Jolie soon.
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