Since its release, Ninja Assassin has become kind of a cult hit. Despite a not-so-great box office performance and mixed critical reception, the movie is a gory Kung Fu delight. It was surprising in many ways, with its trailer it promised yet another low-budget Kung Fu flick. However, viewers were surprised when the film actually turned out to be not just competent but also quite enjoyable. With a charming lead in Rain and having a pretty good cast for its budget, the movie deserves its status. And while it doesn’t really have to say anything of compelling subject matter, it slaps regardless. The action in the movie is spectacularly cinematic, replete with ninja fights that crank the blood and gore to 11. So is a Ninja Assassin 2 possible? Read more go find out.
Ninja Assassin has the names of the legendary Wachowski sisters attached to it. The Wachowskis were heavily involved with the film. Their impact and style are apparent throughout the film, especially in terms of the aesthetic and special effects. The Wachowski sisters took inspiration from anime, much like their other works. The film starred the South Korean star Rain in the lead as Raizo, an outcast ninja trying to bring down the cruel ninja clan of assassins. Naomie Harris plays Mika Coretti, a Europol agent who helps Raizo in his takedown of the clan. The cast also includes Sho Kosugi, the ruthless leader of the Ozunu ninja clan. Rick Yune plays one of the clan’s ninjas out to kill Raizo. Ben Miles plays Coretti’s superior, Ryan Maslow. The film hit theatres in November 2009.
Possibilities of A Sequel and the Wachowskis
James McTeigue, the director of the film, had previously also directed V for Vendetta for the Wachowskis. He talked about a possible sequel before the film’s release. Talking about a possible sequel, he said there had been conversations about it. Producer Joel Silver also confirmed the idea for Ninja Assassin 2. McTeigue said that the makers were waiting to see how the movie performs at the box office. This meant that the box office collection dictated the possibility of a sequel. And that’s why viewers haven’t gotten it. As it turns out, the movie didn’t really perform that great financially. Set against a budget of $40 million, the theatrical grossing of the movie was $60 million. It went ahead and earned $20 million more on DVD sales. However, this wasn’t enough for the studio/makers to give the sequel a go.
Another reason why a sequel never saw the light of the day is the Wachowskis. They drenched the movie with their iconic flair and aesthetic. However, they weren’t able to get the movie going in terms of commercial success as they did with The Matrix. The sisters have had not been able to gain commercial success with many of their recent projects. While daringly ambitious and innovative, Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending were commercial duds. The sister essentially retired from filmmaking with even their offices up for sale. They made a comeback with the Netflix series Sense8. It was a critical success, but Netflix eventually canceled it after 2 seasons. However, Lana Wachowski is coming back with The Matrix 4 film this year. Even so, it seems unlikely that they will be getting back to Ninja Assassin 2.
Will We Ever Get To See Ninja Assassin 2?
Well, now that the Wachowskis are back and active again, one would think a sequel might be possible. However, we have to keep in mind that Lily Wachowski has strayed away from the subtextual stuff of science fiction movies. Since her transition, as she said in an interview, she is no more interested in the subtext. This might also mean that she’s no more interested in the big-budget action affairs either. Her latest project Work in Progress, a comedy-drama series, seems to confirm that. Another thing is the time that has elapsed since the film’s release. It has been over eleven years since Ninja Assassin hit theatres. It was not a big hit then, and whatever cult fanbase has developed since then might still not be enough for commercial success. Plus, the interest for a sequel might simply not exist there at this point.
There are several reasons why a sequel might not happen at all. The speculations for a possible sequel started happening when Netflix acquired the film last year. However, as things stand right now, a sequel to the cult hit is very unlikely to happen. It’s still gotta be a never say never for the fans though. After all, we could all do some with slo-mo ninja fighting it out in cinematically exuberant sequences.
Ninja Assassin is currently available to stream on Netflix.
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