As an ardent fan of thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, I couldn’t help but express my excitement upon hearing that The Bone Collector, the highly underrated thriller from 1999, is set to make a return with a sequel. Hold your breath, for the talented Denzel Washington and the stunning Angelina Jolie are back on board to reprise their roles from the original film.
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A Surprise Yet Overdue Announcement
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The announcement of The Bone Collector 2 is surprising, yet in some ways, it feels long overdue. The original film received mixed reviews upon its release, but it managed to rake in over $150 million against a $48 million production budget, proving to be a commercial success. Notably, The Bone Collector played a pivotal role in catapulting Angelina Jolie’s career to new heights, paving her path to become the celebrated Lara Croft.
An Abundance of Source Material
There is an abundance of source material for The Bone Collector 2, thanks to the prolific Jeffrey Deaver, who wrote the 1997 novel The Bone Collector that inspired the original film. Following the success of his novel, Deaver continued to flesh out the world of crime-solving duo Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs in his subsequent works. At the time the film premiered, the sequel Coffin Dance had already been released, and another book, The Empty Chair, was published in 2000.
The Potential Story for The Sequel
Deaver has since penned a total of sixteen novels featuring Rhyme and Sachs, with his latest work, The Watchmaker’s Hand, set to release in November. As Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie have aged considerably since the first film, The Bone Collector 2 is unlikely to be adapted from one of the earlier books.
Our best guess about the source material for the sequel is the 11th book in Deaver’s series, The Skin Collector. Published in 2014, Deaver described The Skin Collector as a direct sequel to The Bone Collector, making it a suitable candidate for the film sequel, given that it takes place several years after the events of the original novel.
A Revival After Failed Attempts
It’s important to note that this isn’t the first time an attempt has been made to capitalise on The Bone Collector franchise. A few years ago, NBC launched a series titled Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, featuring Russell Hornsby and Arielle Kebel in the roles originally portrayed by Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Unfortunately, the series couldn’t capture the essence of the original and was cancelled after its first season.
Conclusion: Anticipation and Hope
With The Bone Collector 2 in the works, there is a palpable sense of anticipation among fans of the original film and Deaver’s novels. The return of Washington and Jolie, coupled with the potential adaptation of The Skin Collector, makes for a promising sequel. As we eagerly await further updates, we hope that The Bone Collector 2 will capture the suspense and thrill of its predecessor and breathe new life into this captivating crime-solving duo’s story.
What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to watching The Bone Collector 2 with both Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie starring? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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