A sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s “We Can Be Heroes” is in development at Netflix after the streamer said the family superhero film is projected to be watched by 44 million households in its first 28 days.
The movie starring Pedro Pascal and Priyanka Chopra Jonas — which served as a follow-up to Rodriguez’s 2005 film “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl” — debuted on Christmas Day. Netflix said the film reached No. 1 for kids programming in 88 out of 93 countries and was among the top 10 of all films around the globe after its debut.
Netflix already revealed that its other Christmas release, George Clooney’s sci-fi film “The Midnight Sky,” is projected to be watched by over 72 million households in its first 28 days and is on track to be one of the streamer’s most popular films ever.
Netflix added that “The Midnight Sky” did well in theaters and was its largest release of the year, playing in more than 800 locations in 16 countries, though no specific box office figures were provided.
“We Can Be Heroes” was not exactly a hit with critics (it has a 53 on Metacritic) and has just a 4.8 out of 10 user score on IMDB. But it was a hit for Gen Z viewers fond of both “Shark Boy and Lava Girl” — the latter of whom made a cameo in the new film — and Rodriguez’s early-aughts “Spy Kids” trilogy. Rodriguez wrote, directed and produced “We Can Be Heroes,” though it’s unclear what his involvement will be on the sequel.
Netflix also added that for the Christmas season and for the month of December, 2020 was its best performing year on record as measured by both total view hours and average view hours per subscriber across each period. The streamer touted a big showing from the Shonda Rhimes series “Bridgerton,” which is projected to have more than 63 million households choose to watch in its first 28 days, marking Netflix’s fifth biggest original series launch of all time.