It looks like a Law Abiding Citizen cinematic universe could be on its way. More than a decade after Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx starred in the original action-thriller a sequel has been greenlit following a hot streak on Netflix.
Although details about the movie are sparse Butler will produce and original screenwriter Kurt Wimmer will write the script lining up another helping of bloody revenge for action crowds.With shades of Charles Bronsons 1974 hit Death Wish Law Abiding Citizen resonated with adult audiences when it hit theaters in the fall of 2009. The movie tells the revenge tale of Clyde Shelton Butler an engineer who witnesses the grisly murder of his wife and daughter. Making matters even worse the prosecution is botched and the main perpetrator is released after an unacceptably short prison stint.
Without knowing it the assistant district attorney Jamie Foxx has unleashed a highly trained vigilante no longer interested in playing by the rules. Like the 70s films that largely created the revenge fantasy genre Law Abiding Citizen brings the audience along for a bloody B movie style thrill ride.Although critics mostly ripped it to shreds it has a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes audiences were much more forgiving of the F. Gary Gray action flick. In theaters Law Abiding Citizen posted strong overall numbers despite being far from a blockbuster. As Forbes points out its $22 million domestic debut was a decent pull for a $50 million R-rated production.