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January often finds itself referred to as a dead period at the movies, but January 2018 managed to produce some surprisingly fun and profitable cinematic offerings. One of the most notable of the bunch was Christian Gudegast's Den of Thieves, which surpassed expectations at the box office and has thus far grossed roughly $57 million worldwide. Now it seems that the folks involved in the movie are keen on capitalizing on that success, as Den of Thieves 2 is currently in development with several key players returning for the next outing.
That's right. Den of Thieves is getting a sequel, and it looks like it's going to bring Gerard Butler back to headline the affair as Nick O'Brien, and O'Shea Jackson Jr. will join him as Donnie. Director Christian Gudegast is also returning behind the camera, which means audiences can likely expect a similar style and flavor to the story. That said, things won't be too identical this time, as the sequel is trading in the mean streets of southern California for Europe, as Nick (aware of Donnie's criminal genius status) chases after the young con artist. Meanwhile, the two find themselves embroiled in a massive diamond heist and a conflict with the Panther mafia.
We're about to get into some spoilers ahead for Den of Thieves! Knowing what happens in the original Den of Thieves, it does make a certain degree of sense to see that a sequel has entered development. The film (very much an ode to classic crime thrillers) ends with a Usual Suspects-esque conclusion in which Gerard Butler's Nick O'Brien puts together the pieces of the mystery and realizes that Donnie Wilson (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) was actually the mastermind behind the entire Federal Reserve heist. Now, we see where he goes with that information.
Then there's also the matter of the narrative loose ends left by the first movie, particularly as they relate to Nick O'Brien's personal life. One major subplot of the film involves watching Nick's family and home life fall apart as he descends further and further into the Merrimen case. This storyline never really ties into the final scenes of the film when we learn about Donnie's true nature or Nick's realization of what happened, so Den of Thieves 2 l could help pay off moments from the first installment that arguably need more attention.
One thing not mentioned by Deadline's report of the Den of Thieves sequel is whether or not we will see any members of the Merrimen gang return. Although Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber), Enson Levoux (50 Cent), and Bosco (Evan Jones) all die in the climactic shootout of the first film, Den of Thieves used quite a bit of flashback and non-linear storytelling. If the sequel continues that and fleshes out the events of the first movie, then it's entirely possible that we could see some cameos when it debuts. We'll just have to wait and see.
The original Den of Thieves is still playing in select theaters, so read our in-depth review of the film and make sure to check it out if you haven't already. Looking ahead to Den of Thieves 2, CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the project as it becomes available to us. For now, hop over to our 2018 movie premiere guide to get more information on all of the films set to debut this year.