Backdraft 2

Backdraft 2

Backdraft, from director Ron Howard, with an all-star cast including Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Donald Sutherland, was released in 1991 to a solid run at the box office, with praise for its special effects and it now holds 74% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Suprisingly (though maybe it shouldn’t be), this is the latest film to receive the Legacy-sequel treatment, joining the ranks of Creed and Star Wars. It is being reported that Backdraft 2 is officially in pre-production (which certainly doesn’t preclude it from being mothballed), and that previous star William Baldwin is signed on.

Further to the above, Backdraft 2 even seems to have a director, with Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego being courted by Universal to take on the project. Gonzalo has a few projects under his belt, the most recent being a western released in 2016 called ‘The Hollow Point’.

A lot of this doesn’t exactly scream major release project…..the sequel is supposedly based around the grown up son of Kurt Russell’s character from the original film, though details are scarce.

Backdraft 2 doesn’t currently have a release date, and it’s easy to be skeptical of this, but given Creed turned out such a great and well received film, maybe we should wait and see what happens with turning Backdraft into a franchise.


Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.