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Why a sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Smith never happened
Photo: © ANP

Why a sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Smith never happened

Why a sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Smith never happened
Photo: © ANP

Mr. and Mrs. Smith was a hugely successful movie for 20th Century Fox back in 2005, grossing an impressive $487 million at the box office.

It was also critically well-received, with much praise sent towards Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for their on-screen chemistry. It seems that chemistry was present away from the cameras, too, as it was the production of this movie that catalysed their real-life romance and marriage.

The success of the movie led to plans for a sequel that never materialised, and writer Simon Kinberg has explained why.

"The strength of the first movie is it’s a love story; they are, you know, falling back in love with each other or in love for the first time in a genuine way," he told JoBlo.

"And to tell a love story, to serialise a love story is very hard. Because no matter what you do in the second movie, sure, they could be partners and spies and bickering together, but you wouldn’t actually have the arc of two people who are falling in love."

Pitt and Jolie were married between 2014 and 2019.

Jolie understands why a sequel didn't happen

Jolie has revealed that she was keen for a Mr. and Mrs. Smith 2 to happen, but the screenwriters couldn't find a way to make a sequel as interesting as the original.

"We did ask somebody to look into 'Mr. and Mrs' to see if they could crack a sequel, but there wasn’t anything original," she previously told MTV.

"It was just, ‘Well, they’re going to get married, or they’ve got kids, or they get separated.’ Never great."

Jolie ultimately believed that her real-life romance with Pitt probably killed the chances of a sequel.

"I don’t think people want to see people who are really together intimate onscreen," she added.

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