Sometimes even when a movie is welcomed with positive critical reception, it fails to perform well at the box office. Such was the case with 2016's The Nice Guys, which starred Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as enforcer Jack Healy and private eye Holland March, respectively. The Shane Black-directed movie earned critical acclaim from reviewers, but it only made $62.8 million worldwide off a $50 million budget. Because of The Nice Guys' poor commercial performance, it appears unlikely that we'll ever get a sequel. Here's what producer Joel Silver had to say about the chances of The Nice Guys 2 actually happening:
I don't know about Nice Guys. It didn't really find an audience. I was here with Nice Guys, I loved the movie. but it didn't really do what it had to do. You never know.
Although Joel Silver is optimistic about finally get off Sherlock Holmes 3 off the ground, when CinemaBlend's own Sean O'Connell brought up The Nice Guys 2's prospects of moving forward to Silver at CinemaCon red carpet on behalf of Sony Pictures' upcoming Miss Bala, the producer didn't feel nearly as confident. Even though The Nice Guys brought in a lot of positive reviews, that ultimately didn't translate into financial success. When something like that happens, it's rare that studios are willing to invest in a follow-up, and it's worse for The Nice Guys since it didn't even break even. Silver didn't go so far as to say that The Nice Guys 2 will 100% never be made, but as things stand now two years after the first movie was released, the chances of Jack Healy and Holland March teaming up for another adventure are extremely slim.
Jack and Holland got off to a rough start when The Nice Guys began, but as the movie progressed as they built an amusing dynamic with the another, and by the end they formed their own private eye agency, appropriately called "The Nice Guys." It's a shame that we probably won't see the duo busting heads together again, because The Nice Guys was one of 2016's funnier movie offerings. Unfortunately, not enough people went to see it in theaters (Captain America: Civil War can be partly blamed for that), so unless Warner Bros decides to provide a second chance, don't get your hopes up for The Nice Guys 2. However, it's worth noting that The Nice Guys property is moving forward in a different incarnation, as Fox has given a series commitment to a female-led TV adaptation called The Nice Girls. It's not the same as having Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling back together, but maybe this concept can have better luck succeeding on the small screen than it did in a theatrical setting.
You can hear Joel Silver's full comments about The Nice Guys 2 in the video below.
Rest assured, if for some miraculous reason The Nice Guys 2 actually gets the green light, we here at CinemaBlend will be sure to let you know about it. In the meantime, you can look through our 2018 release schedule to learn what movies will arrive in theaters later this year.