‘Cocaine Bear’ filmmaker Elizabeth Banks would direct ‘Cocaine Shark’ under two conditions

‘Cocaine Bear’ filmmaker Elizabeth Banks would direct ‘Cocaine Shark’ under two conditions

The Hunger Games actress says the script would have to clear a couple of hurdles.

Cocaine Bear, directed by Elizabeth Banks

Cocaine Bear director Elizabeth Banks has confirmed that she would consider directing a follow-up named Cocaine Shark, but only if the script meets two conditions.

In the inspired-by-real-events Cocaine Bear (out Feb. 24), characters played by Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and the late Ray Liotta, among others, must deal with a wild bear who ingests a large quantity of cocaine.

Earlier this month, numerous social media users pitched the idea of a second movie, Cocaine Shark, after New Zealand authorities announced that 3.2 tonnes of cocaine had been intercepted in the Pacific Ocean. When Banks was subsequently asked if she would consider tackling another project featuring a coked-out animal, she replied in the affirmative.

“I’ve seen that. If there’s a great story, then sure,” Banks told PEOPLE. “Jaws with cocaine? I don’t see how that loses.”

Elizabeth Banks attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

Elizabeth Banks

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Speaking with EW on Tuesday, Banks elaborated on her position with regard to Cocaine Shark.

“I would seriously consider anything with a script as good as the script was for Cocaine Bear,” said the actress and filmmaker, who previously directed 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2 and 2019’s Charlie’s Angels. “It’s got to have just some great elements.”

Despite her earlier comment about Jaws-with-cocaine being a no-lose proposition, Banks made clear that the project would also need to be very different from Steven Spielberg’s classic animal-attack movie.

“I would never want to be compared to Jaws, that’s a classic that I don’t ever want to be compared to,” she said. “So if it were differentiated enough, then anything’s possible.”

The cocaine bear in ‘Cocaine Bear’

The cocaine bear in ‘Cocaine Bear’

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Banks also spoke about how she had been attracted to Cocaine Bear by that film’s screenplay.

“As an actor, I love reading great character journeys and this was chock-full of really fun characters woven together really beautifully by Jimmy Warden’s script,” she said. “I really felt like there was so much that was very grounded and real but then set against the backdrop of a bear on a bender.”

Cocaine Bear hits cinemas Feb. 24.

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