Angelina Jolie’s Salt was a movie that I actually kind of enjoyed. It wasn’t particularly great, but it had great pacing, some excellent performances (the world can never have too much Liev Schreiber or Chiwetel Ejiofor… ever), and Dustin’s review was relatively positive. Casting aside issues about Jolie’s body image and its viability as an action star because a) who gives a fuck and b) it’s a movie and who gives a fuck again, it was a surprisingly solid, somewhat smart actioner — not to mention impressively violent.
It also left itself wide open for a sequel (I actually really liked the ending). Jolie has voiced her interest in doing one, and writer Kurt Wimmer apparently already has some ideas lined up for how to take Evelyn Salt further. Initially director Philip Noyce was said to be interested, but according to his interview with Moviehole, he’s no longer quite so invested in the project. Sayeth Mr. Noyce:
Those 3 [alternate] Blu-ray cuts [of the film] represent just about everything I have to offer on Everlyn Salt… If there ever is a sequel, better its directed by someone with a completely fresh take on what I believe could be a totally entertaining and complex series of stories.
Basically, go ahead and do a sequel, you have my blessing, and thanks but no thanks.
Personally, I’d actually like to see the story go forward and have Salt seeking out more deep cover spies. As long as it doesn’t get one of those shitty direct-to-DVD sequels starring an ex-90210 star and directed by a half-dead rat.