After raking in more than $360 million worldwide at the box office, it comes as no surprise that Warner Brothers has a sequel to this summer’s Steve Carell comedy Get Smart. No word yet as to whether the rest of the cast would return, but it seems likely that they would.
The news comes buried in a story in today’s Variety about Carell signing a new three-year first look with Warners. Carell is forming his own production company, Carousel Productions, to develop projects for the actr to both star in and to produce for others.
The article states that the Get Smart sequel and the first-look production deal are seperate from each other, but it would be hard not to think that the grosses for the Get Smart film weren’t the motivation for each. I have to admit that I waspleasantly surprised by how good the fillm turned out. True, it weighed in a bit heavier on the action side than on the comedy side, but I thought that Carell did a decent job of taking a character that was so identified and built around another performer’s persona – in this case Don Adams who originated the role of Maxwell Smart on television in the 1960s – and managed to retain most of the core elements while making it his own.