Netflix has claimed that 2020 film The Old Guard was one of their most-watched Original Films in history, so it’s no surprise that a sequel is in development. However, Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed the first film, is not returning for the follow-up, so Netflix have tapped Victoria Mahoney to helm it instead.
“I love The Old Guard and the story and characters I was honored to put into the world. It was exciting to disrupt the genre,” said Prince-Bythewood. “I have decided not to direct the sequel, but will stay on as a producer. I leave our franchise in good hands as my girl Vic Mahoney takes on this next chapter.”
Mahoney is a veteran TV director with credits ranging from Grey’s Anatomy to Lovecraft Country. She became more well known after serving as the second-unit director on Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, making her the first Black woman to direct a film in the franchise.
That success led to her signing on to various projects, like teaming with Ava DuVernay on Amazon sci-fi series Dawn and signing on to direct action movie Shadow Force, which will star Sterling K. Brown.
“Genuinely blown backwards by the collective levels of talent, skill and savvy that went into carving The Old Guard,” Mahoney said in a statement. “I must’ve watched it over a hundred times, and as such, cannot communicate the true measure of my excitement – being invited on The Old Guard journey alongside ferocious badasses. Ever eager to continue pushing the genre for action-loving audiences.”
Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts and almost all of the cast from the first film are expected to return for this sequel.
Based on Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez‘s comic of the same name, the story follows a team of immortal, centuries-old warriors with unexplained regenerative healing abilities who work as mercenaries to help people.
Rucka has written the screenplay for the sequel. Filming is expected to begin sometime next year with an expected 2023 release on Netflix.