Both of them already important stars, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie take on another dimension with “Mr and Mrs Smith” which marks the beginning of their highly publicized love story. However, despite the film’s commercial success, it never saw a sequel. Why ?
Mr & Mrs Smith : the birth of Brangelina
Who would have believed in this couple? Indeed, before Mr & Mrs SmithBrad Pitt is already training a glamorous couple with another woman : Jennifer Aniston. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie is a happy and fulfilled single mother. It was then that this film taken from a forgotten series of the same name from the 90s (and with Scott Bakula and Maria Bello) was born.
Mr & Mrs Smith yet has one of the most common pitches, namely a most banal couple whose second identity is that of ruthless contract killers. When the two discover their respective activities, a fierce battle begins between them.
However, it is the charisma of the two headliners that makes the big difference. Mr & Mrs Smith is a glamorous and second degree film, sublimating the plasticity of the two actors. It also has a nice cast with well-known heads such as Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody, Kerry Washington, Keith David or even Michelle Monaghan. No wonder, therefore, that the film works at the box office with $478 million in revenue.
From this movie, will be born an 11-year romance between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. And this, with all the glamor and ultra-mediatization that this will generate. Poor Jennifer Aniston…
A sequel not on the agenda
While Hollywood studios like to make these blockbuster movies the start of a franchise, Mr & Mrs Smith was relatively spared in this register. Indeed, according to Angelina Jolie who was interviewed in Vanity Fair in 2010, the actress said a second installment was simply unlikely. Quite simply because this sequel would have struggled to go beyond the limits between the two fictional characters of the film and the real couple formed by Brangelina:
People tried to make a sequel. But it’s strange: do we have children in the film? We thought about it, but it becomes too personal, because today we have children. And if we work for this film, we will draw elements from our own life, which is funny for us. But we would feel strange to share that. We asked if they could cram in a sequel to this film, but there was nothing original. It was just, “Well, they’re going to get married again or have kids or separate.” Not great.
However, during this interview, the actress talked about working with Brad Pitt on a very different project. The sequel will prove him right since in 2015 Seaview, directed by Angelina Jolie herself. The film which follows the adventures of a weakened couple, however, sounds like the beginnings of bad news behind the scenes. And a year later, the sanction falls: Angelina Jolie files for divorce.
If a sequel is not considered, a new tv series Mr & Mrs Smith is however provided. Produced by Amazon Prime and broadcast next year, it will count on a nice cast including Donald Glover, Maya Erskine, Michaela Coel, Paul Dano and John Turturro.