In the wake of San Andreas' box office success for New Line Cinema last summer, the studio is moving forward with another Earth-shattering adventure. The Hollywood Reporter has word that the studio is putting together San Andreas 2, with original star Dwayne Johnson returning to reprise his role as Raymond Gaines, and Brad Peyton coming back to direct. The studio has hired Neil Widener and Gavin James to write the screenplay.
The original San Andreas followed Dwayne Johnson's Raymond Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot who travels from Los Angeles to San Francisco with his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) to save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) from a massive earthquake. Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario are expected to reprise their roles in the sequel, along with Paul Giamatti, who played a seismologist in the original movie. San Andreas earned $155.1 million domestically and $473.7 million worldwide at the box office during its theatrical run last summer.
While the first movie was set along the California coastline, the sequel is said to be going global, focusing on the legendary Ring of Fire. The Ring of Fire circles the Pacific Ocean, which is full of fault lines and volcanoes that are said to be the root cause of approximately 90% of the world's earthquakes. No specific plot details have been given at this time, and it isn't known when production may begin.
Also returning from the original San Andreas is Beau Flynn, who will produce alongside Dwayne Johnson and Brad Peyton. This team is also developing Rampage, which will go into production this summer after Dwayne Johnson wraps on Baywatch and Fast & Furious 8. Rampage was written by original San Andreas writer Carlton Cuse, alongside Ryan Engle and Ryan Condal.
It isn't known when production may begin on San Andreas 2 yet, but, given Dwayne Johnson's busy production schedule, shooting most likely won't start until 2017, depending on how long development on the script takes. Neil Widener and Gavin James wrote Verona, which was picked up by Sony last year and is described as a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet, combined with the stylized action of 300. They also recently set up Battle of Alcatraz at Paramount, which is being produced by Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman. Are you looking forward to this upcoming sequel? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on San Andreas 2.