Columbia Pictures has hired Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara, the screenwriters/executive producers of the FX Networks' crime drama series, to pen the sequel of Will Smith-starring 'Hancock'.
Days after director Peter Berg offered a few ideas for "Hancock 2", news are coming in that two screenwriters have been brought on board the sequel project. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) recently confirmed that Columbia Pictures has hired Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara to pen the script.
No word has been disclosed on what storyline the duo will tackle, but THR claimed that they will work with Will Smith and Berg "to build on the world hinted at in the first movie". While Fierro and Mazzara join this follow-up movie project, neither of the two original writers, Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan, returns.
Though both Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara have little experience on big screen projects, they have been quite successful in small screen. Fierro wrote and produced "The Shield", "24" and "Dexter". Mazzara, in the meantime, is known for his writing job for "Life" and "Crash". He has also worked with Fierro on "Shield".
The hiring of Fierro and Mazzara may mean that the project is being fast-tracked. However, Berg has mentioned earlier that the film won't be happening soon. "They like to fast-track it, but Will [Smith]'s busy, I'm pretty busy," he said. "We're excited to do one, but we want the script to be right and the movie to be right. We don't feel a burning imperative to go right back into it."
The first "Hancock" movie follows the story of a drunken superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public due to his wretched attitude. But, his encounter with a PR executive whom he saves one day opens his eyes about his weakness. Now, he is faced with his greatest challenge yet as he has to prove to everybody that he is a changed man. It was released in U.S. theaters on July 2, 2008.