"The Accountant" was a successful performer with a budget of $44 million and a worldwide gross of $155 million. Deadline brings word that director Gavin O'Connor, screenwriter Bill Dubuque and star Ben Affleck are in talks to return for a big screen follow-up to the hit 2016 thriller.
Producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams are also eyeing a return. According to Deadline, those deals are now being worked out, after which they will then move onto working out the story itself.
In "The Accountant", Affleck played Christian Wolff, an autistic savant and math genius who works as an accountant for some of the most powerful criminal organizations on earth. Consequently, Bernthal is also reportedly in talks to return alongside Affleck for the sequel. The article also notes that the first film's Jon Bernthal is likely to return as well.
In fact, The Accountant actually was infinitely better than Jason Bourne, though it did make me wish it was possible to see Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's unsafe characters go head-to-head on the big screen somehow.
Ben Affleck's future seems to center in DC Comics' Gotham City, notably with his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice role reprisal (s) as Bruce Wayne/Batman in two Justice League movies and the (beleaguered) solo outing The Batman. Plot details are still under wraps, so it's not yet clear if any of them would play a part in the sequel. Do you think they should make a sequel and if so what would you want to see happen?