‘Hancock’ sequel in the works

Smith, Theron, Bateman set to reunite with Berg

Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman are gearing up to reunite for the sequel to Columbia Pictures’ “Hancock,” with Peter Berg set to helm the action-comedy.

Berg disclosed the news at the Toronto Film Festival where he said, “Everybody’s going to come back for a sequel.”

The director has been working with TV scribes Adam Fierro (“24,” “Dexter”) and Glen Mazzara (“The Shield”) to pen the script. Fierro was a producer on “The Shield.”

While plot details are being kept under wraps, Berg has said Smith and Theron will once again play immortal gods, who lose their powers when in each other’s presence. The two must pair up to deal with a third entity. The actioner is expected to explore the 3,000-year-old world they’re from, which was only hinted at in the first film.

Bateman would return as the PR exec who transforms the image of Smith’s boozy superhero.

Sony has yet to set a release date for the pic, and the studio stressed that no official talent deals had yet been signed, given that the script is not yet complete. But with “Hancock” having earned $624 million at the worldwide box office, the studio has been eager to get a sequel up and running — and it would be a tough pic to make without its original stars.

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