The last several years of Ben Affleck’s filmography have had some ups and downs, to say the least. Taking the whole Batman thing out of the equation, the actor has enjoyed some acclaim (“Gone Girl”), but he’s also had some pretty low lows (“Live By Night”). But there are a few projects, including the film “The Accountant,” which have their fair share of fans. And in the case of that latter film, Affleck is still working on a sequel (which has been rumored for years now), but it sure doesn’t seem as if he has any idea what that could end up looking like.
Speaking to Collider, he was asked about the status of “The Accountant 2.” And though a sequel to his action film that follows a badass killing machine that also happens to be an accountant has been talked about for a while now, there’s still the possibility that the film might actually become a TV show. Or a film. Or nothing at all.
“We’ve talked about it,” said Affleck. “There seems to be a debate whether or not to do a TV series version of it. The scriptwriter [Bill Dubuque] has become quite successful and busy, so he’s off doing his thing.”
He continued, “And somebody said to me, ‘Well if we could find a script that we could retrofit and make into a sequel… But that’s sort of tricky because the personality of the character is so specific, that doesn’t really work to just say, ‘Well, we used call this script Action Movie Shootout, and now we’re going to call it “The Accountant 2.”′”
Affleck did say that he’d love to work with the film’s director, Gavin O’Connor, on a sequel, if the opportunity arises. But if it’s a TV show? “And if they want to produce a TV show version of it and I get some royalties, well that’s great too,” joked the actor.
So, it appears that “The Accountant 2” went from “probably going to happen, eventually” to “uh, not likely” pretty quickly over the course of that comment. Sure, the film has some serious flaws, but I’ll admit that I enjoyed “The Accountant” for what it is—a decent action film with a pretty great leading actor. A TV show version of that? Eh, maybe not. A “retrofitted” sequel that is shaped into a new ‘Accountant’ story? Ugh, no thanks.
At this point, maybe it’s best to just leave the film alone and continue to do other things, Mr. Affleck.