Deadline is exclusively reporting that Victoria Mahoney has been signed up by Netflix and Skydance to direct the sequel to last years film The Old Guard, with Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo and Chiwetel Ejiofor returning to reprise their roles.
The official synopsis of the original film is as follows:
The film focuses on a group of mercenaries that are reunited in order to take on a new mission from ex-CIA agent Copley. There is something different about them that we will soon come to learn: they are immortal. Having spent the majority of recorded history caught up in every war and brutal moment, the leader Andy has seen her fair share of the good and bad of humanity, and begins to wonder if they have ever made a difference at all as she witnesses the inhumanity and agendas that keeps repeating itself. Meanwhile Andy, Booker, Joe and Nicky are about to be joined with a new immortal in Nile Freeman, a U.S marine that is serving in the Middle East when she gets killed in action, only to come back to life as the first immortal in centuries.
The original film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, but unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts she couldn’t come back to helm the sequel, but has released a statement saying:
I love The Old Guard and the story and characters I was honoured to put into the world. It was exciting to disrupt the genre. I have decided not to direct the sequel, but will stay on as a producer. I leave our franchise in good hands as my girl Vic Mahoney takes on this next chapter.
Victoria Mahoney released a statement saying:
Genuinely blown backwards by the collective levels of talent, skill and savvy that went into carving The Old Guard. I must’ve watched it over a hundred times, and as such, cannot communicate the true measure of my excitement–being invited on The Old Guard journey alongside ferocious badasses. Ever eager to continue pushing the genre for action-loving audiences. Warmly tipping my hat to the world Gina, Charlize, Rucka, Fernández, Skydance, Netflix, Marc Evans Productions, Denver & Delilah Films and the entire Team daringly put forward.
The Old guard, based on the graphic novel series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández, was one of Netflix’s most popular original films to date, with the numbers stating that the film was seen by 78m households in its first four weeks, so a sequel seemed logical. Rucka will be writing the script for the sequel and will executive produce.
Charlize Theron will be producing alongside Beth Kono and AJ Dix under the Denver and Delilah, and they released a joint statement saying:
We are beyond thrilled that Vic is joining The Old Guard team. Her passion for these characters and her ambitious vision for the movie overwhelmed us all. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with her.
David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger and Marc Evans will also serve as producers.