Free Guy was a smash hit for Disney and 20th Century Studios when it was released in 2021. A starring vehicle for Ryan Reynolds, it saw the Canadian star at his most Ryan Reynolds. Cheeky, optimistic and charismatic, in a movie designed to be enjoyed by everyone. The film was also a box office success and, given the nature of film these days, a financial success usually guarantees a sequel. But according to the movie's director Shawn Levy, the prospects of a sequel are anything but guaranteed, thanks to an unlikely antagonist—Barbie.