That ‘Den Of Thieves’ Sequel You Wanted Is Actually Happening

Truth: I forgot Den of Thieves was a thing. The poor man’s Heat opened just a few weeks ago and flew out of theaters with quickness, but stuck around long enough to earn $57M after a decent opening weekend. Apparently that was enough to get Gerard Butler booked for a sequel, and if you guessed that the low-budget crime flick was heading overseas you guessed right.

Butler will return for Den of Thieves 2, along with 50 Cent, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and writer/director Christian Gudegast. The film picks up right where the last one ended, with out of control detective Big Nick (Butler) in London on the hunt for Donnie (Jackson Jr.), who has hooked up with a European crew of diamond thieves.

The math is easy on this one. The film cost around $30M and is still going strong during its overseas theatrical run. Combine that with strong audience approval that shows continued interest and you’ve got the recipe for more Gerard Butler than you thought anybody wanted to see.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.