Just when you thought it was safe to go into the attic again, Scott Derrickson's chilling horror movie Sinister is getting a sequel that's set to begin filming this summer. Blumhouse Productions, which has perfected the art of the low-budget, big profit horror movie, intends to release Sinister 2 in 2015.
The screenwriting team for Sinister 2 will be the same as the original movie, with Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill writing the script together, but there will be a change of hands when it comes to directing duties. It's unclear why Derrickson decided not to direct the sequel, though it's possible that he's turning his attention back to his planned remake of Dutch horror movie Two Eyes Staring, which has lain dormant for a few years. (Derrickson is also rumored to be in the running to direct Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange movie, so that could also be a factor.)
Derrickson announced on Twitter this week that he has found a director for Sinister 2 in Ciaran Foy, an Irish newcomer who made his feature film debut in 2012 with Citadel, an independent horror film that was very well-received by critics. Derrickson also reaffirmed that he will be producing the film as well, alongside Blumhouse's Jason Blum.
Derrickson and Cargill have yet to reveal any plot details about Sinister 2, though it will most likely feature a whole new set of characters. The monster from the first movie, Bagul AKA Mr. Boogie, was generally at his scariest when he was far away from the camera or caught only in blurry detail, and one of the faults of Sinister was that the film got progressively less frightening the more Mr. Boogie appeared on screen. The over-reliance on jump scares didn't help, either.
One way to improve on this in the sequel would be to either relegate Mr. Boogie back to dark corners and brief glimpses (though the mystery's somewhat been spoiled at this point), or to start over fresh with a new mythological nightmare. There are, after all, plenty of things that go bump in the night.
Blumhouse is currently producing horror franchises like Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious, as well as a reboot/sequel of The Amityville Horror and other spooky films like Oculus, which is out in theaters now. The production company is probably the biggest name in the horror genre right now, so it will be interesting to see whether Sinister 2 can live up to the standard set by the first film and possibly secure another profitable franchise.
Sinister 2 is expected to reach theaters by 2015.
Source: Scott Derrickson