Sandra Bullock notably made a vow to never do any sequels after two of her past projects failed tremendously, both commercial and critical-wise. In 2013, she and Melissa McCarthy starred in the buddy cop comedy film The Heat. When asked if she would return for a sequel, she immediately said no.
Sequels are always a tricky part of a franchise. Either they surpass the original film, or they fail to capture the essence that made the first installment remarkable. Bullock’s past sequels must have been terribly bad to the point that she was too traumatized to make any sequels.
Sandra Bullock Wants To Make A Silent Movie With Melissa McCarthy
“I’m not doing a sequel to The Heat. I’ve done two sequels. They were horrible. What Melissa [McCarthy] and I had was beautiful. We might do another film together. I think we should do a silent film together.”
It sounds like Bullock was talking about Speed 2: Cruise Control and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous as the sequels that tarnished her flawless portfolio. Both movies were heavily slammed by fans and critics. Meanwhile, director Paul Feig felt disappointed to hear that his favorite leading lady was no longer interested in a follow-up movie. He said:
“It would be very hard. They’re so great together. Their chemistry is so awesome. I would be very sad if I didn’t have both of them back.”
Interestingly, the actress is now at the stage of her career where she begins to reconsider her choices. She told Variety at the SXSW Film Festival:
“I had a ‘no sequel’ rule when I didn’t have the benefit of fighting for what I really wanted. I feel like, in my old age, I’m learning to fight for the things that I think would be best on screen — and I don’t care who comes away from the meeting angry.”
The Heat was a success, earning over $229 million worldwide with lots of positive reviews from fans. Feig deduced that the movie was able to capture the audience’s interest because it was summer and they wanted to see “strong women being funny.”
Sandra Bullock Talks About Working With Melissa McCarthy
“I would say it’s the rare happening when actors get together and you have chemistry, connection, just something that works, that’s bigger than what’s on the page. And I think that we luckily had it, on an acting level and a comedic level. Her style and my style are very different, but they always met in the middle and were absolutely appropriate for what was needed to happen on screen.”
Even though the pair aren’t making movies, they love working together and organizing family gatherings with their children. Hopefully, the silent film starring Bullock and McCarthy will happen soon.