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New Screenplay For Salt Sequel
Becky Johnston adds extra seasoning

11 December 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Eighteen months after we last heard anything, it's been revealed that Columbia Pictures are still at work on a sequel to 2010's Salt. Angelina Jolie, the star of the twisty, turny spy thriller, has still not committed to part two, so Becky Johnston has now been brought in to spice up the screenplay in an effort to pique Jolie's interest.

Salt, you'll remember if you wrack your brains hard enough, saw Jolie playing Evelyn Salt, a CIA spook (MEGA SPOILERS!) trying to prove she's not a Russian agent, before it transpires that she actually is one. The first film ended with a serious "tune in next time", as Evelyn embarked on a personal mission to identify and stop all the other sleeper agents created in the same programme as herself.

That "next time" hasn't arrived as quickly as Columbia might have liked, however. Last we heard, the first Salt's writer Kurt Wimmer was back at work on Evelyn's further adventures, but Jolie was apparently unconvinced by the shape that screenplay took. Hence Becky Johnston's arrival. An interesting choice, she's better known for dramas like The Prince Of Tides and Seven Years In Tibet, possibly indicating that Jolie required some more character flesh on the bones of the story.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash are producing, but there's no director attached as yet. If Jolie still doesn't sign on following the new draft, Columbia apparently have Jeremy Renner on speed dial.*

*#BourneLegacy #CrapJoke

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Jeremy Renner is a great actor but he's terrible in speaking foreign languages (unlike Angelina jolie and Matt Damon in Bourne Series) like when he tried to speak in Filipino in Bourne Legacy. More

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The first film is a bit mediocre
One of the core issues they need to adress is basic credulity. Jolie looks like a stiff wind would blow her over these days and not the super-spy the character is meant to be. Dear Angie, you are very beautiful and talented, please have a sandwich. More

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I didn't really enjoy the first one. More

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