Despite the seemingly deliberate misspelling in the title, the upcoming “Wolfs” is looking good enough that it may get a sequel.
The project marks a reunion of “Ocean’s 11” pair Brad Pitt and George Clooney in a film that hails from director Jon Watts (“Spider-Man: No Way Home”). In the project, the pair play two lone wolf fixers who are assigned to the same job.
The Apple TV+ feature was shot earlier this year and will score a major theatrical release through Sony Pictures, a similar arrangement to Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” this year.
Should it be successful, Clooney tells Deadline this week that some progress has already been made on a follow-up:
“We’re already talking about a sequel for this film I did with Brad and Jon Watts. It was a great shoot, and Jon is an extraordinarily talented guy who’s also really joyful. He loves what he does. We had a blast doing it, and we’ve seen it. It’s an off-the-charts great film, and it’s fun to work with Brad again. We had a really good time.”
He also says that he and Pitt actually “gave money back” on the film to ensure it would get a theatrical release:
“We met with David Zaslav, and he was like, ‘look, I think every movie we do will go to streaming, but we want it released first because there’s an actual benefit in having your movie out, be successful, be promoted, and it actually changes how many people watch it in streaming.’
Brad and I made the deal to do that movie where we gave money back to make sure that we had a theatrical release. At the time, that wasn’t as popular an opinion as it has become in the last year and a half now.
I think Netflix is considering buying theaters even, I’m not sure. But you look at ‘Oppenheimer’ and ‘Barbie,’ and establishing them as massive box office hits makes them massive hits on streaming as well.”
Amy Ryan, Austin Abrams, and Poorna Jagannathan co-star in the film which will open sometime next year.