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Angelina Jolie: Why Jolie’s SALT Sequel Never Happened

The original movie was a star vehicle for Angelina Jolie but despite being a major hit Salt 2 never happened. Here’s why the sequel was canned.

The original was a hit star vehicle for Angelina Jolie but why did Salt 2 fail to materialize? Angelina Jolie was a regular face in the action genre in the mid-2000s, which include her Tomb Raider duology and comic adaptation Wanted. Tom Cruise was originally attached to Salt, which dealt with a CIA agent named Edwin Salt going on the run when he’s accused of being a Russian mole. Cruise was attached for over a year before departing as he felt the character was a little too close to Mission: Impossible’s Ethan Hunt.

The script for Salt was eventually rewritten for Angelina Jolie, with the character being renamed Evelyn. Salt was a vehicle to show off Jolie’s action and acting chops, and while the film itself suffered from a fairly generic plot, her performance and some good setpieces made it worth watching. The film grossed almost $300 million and was poised to become a new franchise, but nearly a decade after release, it’s clear that’s unlikely to happen.

Salt Ends With A Sequel Tease

After preventing a nuclear war – long story – Salt escapes CIA custody after vowing to hunt down all the remaining Russian sleeper agents. There’s also a suggestion the new President could be a Russian mole, which set up Salt 2 as Evelyn becoming something of a vigilante taking down the KA agents within the U.S. government.

Angelina Jolie Rejected The Script For Salt 2
In the years that followed, Salt 2 was developed but it doesn’t appear to have gained much traction. Jolie rejected a draft for Salt 2 in 2012 and while reports of the sequel still being developed would follow, the actress’ involvement remained in question. In truth, while Salt was a hit it wasn’t a box-office juggernaut either, so after years of fruitless development, its likely Sony opted to let the project quietly die.

A Salt TV Series Was Rumored In 2016

With no sign of Salt 2 moving forwards, a report emerged in 2016 that Sony was developing a Salt TV series instead. The sequel tease at the end of the movie would have been ready-made for a show, with Evelyn Salt tracking down various moles. That said, this concept is also quite similar to The Blacklist, which may be one reason nothing has been heard about a Salt series ever since.

Angelina Jolie has shown a willingness to return for sequels like Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, but given that ten years has passed without Salt 2, it’s very unlikely she will return to the role.

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