Ryan Reynolds is expected to return, but Denzel Washington's involvement seems less obvious

A second Safe House movie has been given the green light by Universal Pictures.

Released this February (2012), Safe House starred Ryan Reynolds as a CIA agent who has to protect a rogue colleague, played by Denzel Washington, while overseeing a South African safe house. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, the film took a creditable $202 million (£127 million) at the box office worldwide.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, original screenwriter David Guggenheim has been hired to script a follow-up, though it is now known whether the project is a prequel or a sequel. Safe House producer Scott Stuber will also oversee the second film.

Reynolds is expected to return for the new movie, but Washington’s participation seems less obvious because of plot developments at the end of the first film. However, the studio is said to be keen to have him involved. Scroll down to watch the first film’s trailer.

Washington will next be seen in Flight, a mystery drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis that is due in November (2012). Reynolds has leant his voice to a pair of upcoming animated movies from DreamWorks, Turbo and The Croods. His next live-action role will be in comic book adaptation RIPD, which is scheduled for release next July (2013).