A colossal failure that Sandra Bullock is still ashamed of almost 30 years after its publication
When a film is successful in Hollywood, it’s very rare that there isn’t at least talk of a sequel. Some never make it and some end up tanking at the box office, but there are also those that crash at the box office and it’s best to ignore their existence. The one that interests us today belongs to this third group and Keanu Reeves Since he had already smelled it, he decided to refuse to participate “Pact with the Devil” one of the favorite films of the protagonist of the “John Wick” saga.
Published in 1997, “Speed 2” It is one of the biggest failures in Hollywood history, as this blockbuster had a large budget, which some sources put at up to $160 million – with marketing expenses added to that – and ended up grossing $164 million. It must be added it was destroyed by critics. Additionally, the film received eight Razzie Award nominations, of which it only managed to win one for Worst Remake or Sequel.
A fiasco in every respect
On paper, a sequel to Speed: Maximum Power didn’t sound bad, as it had been a huge success just three years earlier, grossing $350 million worldwide on a budget of just $30 million. The problems arose at that time Make it reality, because the director Jan De Bont He rejected all of the studio’s ideas and chose to set the story aboard a cruise ship.
Then came the casting problem, as Reeves and Sandra Bullock were not contractually obligated to return. He flatly refused to return, mainly because he didn’t like the script, while she only did so in return for a million-dollar salary and financial support from Fox to make the film There’s Always Love. Since the studio was determined to make it, they decided to move forward without Reeves, who was eventually replaced by Jason Patrick.
The result of all this is a bad show that is already based on a concept that invites us not to take it too seriously: how can we go from the movie about the bus that couldn’t slow down to the one about an ocean liner who’s in there? No case can reach breakneck speed? Furthermore, the chemistry between Patric and Bullock is conspicuous by their absence and very poor performance Willem Dafoe It doesn’t help much either.
Bullock herself is still ashamed of her and last year she even said: “I wish I hadn’t done it“. Yes indeed, has shown willingness to make a third part, and so has Reeves in case there is a good script that justifies it. All in all, the enormous disaster that is “Speed 2” makes us think it will never be made.
If you remained curious despite everything: “Speed 2” It will be broadcast this afternoon from 5:00 p.m. on BeMad.. And if your schedule goes awry, you can also get it back via streaming as it’s available in the Disney+ catalog.