The Old Guard’s sequel is in the works as Netflix and Skydance choose a new director after a year in the spotlight. Deadline is reporting that director Victoria Mahoney has been tapped to helm The Old Guard 2, with the entire ensemble of the first film slated to return. The cast includes Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
After Prince-Bythewood chose to not return, Mahoney took over for the sequel, since the original film’s popularity led to a number of opportunities in other projects, including Sony’s upcoming release The Woman King, starring Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu.
“The Old Guard” universe and I am fortunate to have the people and narrative that I loved added. “Disrupting the genre was thrilling,” says Prince-Bythewood. “As a producer, I have chosen not to direct the sequel, but I will still be involved.” “My daughter Vic Mahoney will carry on this chapter, as I trust her to keep our brand in excellent hands.”
Following her role as second unit director on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Mahoney has risen to prominence and made history as the first woman and first Black woman to direct a Star Wars film. The Netflix movie’s director chance was too exciting to miss.
“The Old Guard is really exceptional in its quality,” said Mahoney. “It is honestly a humbling experience.” My brain is almost done with all the overuse of my favorite video of The Old Guard adventure, which means I can’t adequately describe how amazing it is to be welcomed on a trip with bloodthirsty warriors like Rex! always willing to look for new and exciting action movies for their fans Charlize, Rucka, Fernández, Skydance, Netflix, Marc Evans Productions, Denver & Delilah Films, and everyone involved gets a nice hat tip for doing something very difficult.
The story began with a clandestine immortal mercenary squad, which were found and now has to struggle to keep their identity hidden, even as a surprising new member joins the team. One of Netflix’s most popular films of all time and has so far been watched by 78 million households in its first four weeks on the air.
With Theron, Beth Kono, and AJ Dix on board for Denver and Delilah and Marc Evans Productions, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg working for Skydance, and Rucka writing the sequel, the movie has a good chance of winning an Oscar. Prince-Bythewood will also be credited as a producer. Rucka will serve as executive producer.
“We’re very excited that Vic is going to be working with us at The Old Guard,” stated Theron, Kono, and Dix. She has such a strong connection to these people, and such a strong vision for the movie, that it’s impossible to avoid being swept up in it. We’re thrilled to have the chance to work with her.
Skydance is currently the only studio to provide Amazon, Netflix, and Apple with big-budget franchises and material. Amazon’s “The Tomorrow War” and Netflix’s “The Old Guard” were hits for Skydance, who are already working on the sequel to “The Tomorrow War” and is bringing “The Old Guard” to life for Netflix.
CAA and Nina Shaw (of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano) both represent Mahoney.