Though there doesn’t seem to be much public demand for a Get Smart sequel, would you believe bumbling Maxwell Smart is returning to theaters anyway?
The recent Get Smart movie is based on the classic TV series that stars Don Adams and Barbara Feldon as spies, working for the government agency known as CONTROL. The series ran for five seasons and inspired a couple reunion movies and a short-lived sequel series.
The 2008 film adaptation stars Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway as Agents 86 and 99. It premiered on June 20th to mixed reviews. That didn’t seem to hurt the opening weekend grosses which totaled $38 million. After that, mediocre word-of-mouth and reviews seemed to catch up with the movie and ticket sales slowed down significantly. The movie grosses declined to $20 million in week two, $11 million in week three, and a bigger decline from there. In the end, Get Smart became a moderate financial success, raking in $130 million domestically and $230 million worldwide.
A made-for-DVD sequel, Bruce and Lloyd Out of CONTROL, was released in stores just 10 days after the movie premiered. It was hoped that the DVD would help fill the public’s appetite for more secret agent hijinks. It turned out that folks weren’t craving more and Bruce and Lloyd essentially bombed.
Still, in these tough economic times, the studios see a moderate financial success as financial success. Based on that, it comes as little surprise that Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures want a sequel to Get Smart.
The sequel is still in the early planning stages so there’s no word on a release date or a director. Carell is committed to the project but the status of any deals with the other castmembers isn’t known just yet. Carell will actually be spending a lot of time at Warner’s. He recently signed a three picture deal with Warner Bros. and formed his own production company (Carosel Prods.) which will have offices on the lot. Stay tuned!