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Sam Raimi Says They Have the “Greatest Idea…Ever” For a ‘Don’t Breathe’ Sequel

DON'T BREATHE courtesy of Sony

Two days ago, Brad posted that writer/director Fede Alvarez is working on a sequel to this summer’s Don’t Breathe (review), which was a tremendous box office success, generating $150 million worldwide off a $10 million budget. Alvarez is not only developing the sequel but he also plans on getting back in the director’s chair, which is a rather exciting prospect!

Speaking recently about the sequel with IGN, Alvarez stated:

Right now we have Don’t Breathe 2 as something we really want to do. The challenge obviously is we just don’t want to do the same movie again and just have 2 in it. We’ll feel so embarrassed if we do that. At first our reaction when they told us was no no no no no that’s Hollywood, that’s the devil pushing us to do something just because we can. And then we had an idea that we got really excited about, we won’t tell you what it is, it’ll spoil the whole thing…

Then, producer Sam Raimi chimed in and laid down a very serious claim: “It’s only the greatest idea for a sequel I’ve ever heard. I’m not kidding.

What’s even better is that both Alvarez and Raimi are convinced that the studio is not going to like what they have in store for everyone. Alvarez told the site, “We’re happy that it’s kind of an anarchic as an approach to a movie. Is it what the studio would die to have right away? Who knows. Maybe,” while Raimi added, “No, they’re not going to like it at all!

Alvarez then lets slip that the focus of the sequel will be the Blind Man, played by Stephen Lang. “They’re going to freak out when they find out but we’re excited about that. We’re probably going to start writing pretty soon. If I love it, I might direct it as well. We’ll see what happens. It’s exciting to see a character you want to see more out of it. At least I do. I’d love to see the blind man on the screen do some other things. What’s going to happen with him in his life?” he explains.

I personally loved Don’t Breathe, although the ending was a bit over-the-top. Lang’s character is an interesting devil of a man and I’m curious what a sequel that follows him would look like. Obviously, the events of the first film will have taken their toll on his character and radically changed him as a person, although there wasn’t much of a person left within.


16 Comments
  • J Jett

    a big problem i had with this movie was that there was NO character to root for (only the dog and Rocky’s little sister). it sounds like (maybe i’m mis-interpreting it) Raimi/Fede are going to try to make the blind man, WHO IS A DESPICABLE RAPIST VILLAIN, some “fascinating” must see character, when in reality (of the film’s events) he should be locked up in jail with no chance at parole. once the authorities examined his “play” basement (and all the blood and more all over the floor, etc.) they’d easily see he was a killer. for this sequel i’d only really be interested in it if the blind man gets his comeuppance. hopefully they don’t plan on more movies after this sequel (trying turn it into a never ending F13 or ELM ST. franchise. lol).

    • THGrimm

      I agree. I don’t get how the authorities wouldn’t be involved and he’d be exposed.

      • J Jett

        THGrimm, exactly!

    • Baron Von Marlon

      My biggest problem. The BLIND man was able to kidnap a rich, white girl without any problems. Because you know, he’s BLIND!
      So the only way it would make sense is if the blind guy was actually a demon or something who needs to spread his demon seed.
      Or make prequel comedy about the blind guy trying to kidnap the right woman.
      Mr. Magoo style.

      Anway, thought part 1 was shite so I don’t think I’m gonna bother with the sequel.

      • J Jett

        Baron i too thought that scene in the opening where we see what is most likely the blind man dragging her unconscious body down the middle of the street was completely ridiculous and impossible. it would have made more sense if the big/main drug dealer/thief guy (the one in the van who told Money about the blind man’s stash) kidnapped the woman for the blind man.

  • KLD

    This movie was a great surprise. I really wish that Hollyweird would wake up and cast Jane Levy in more stuff. Between this flick, Evil Dead, and Suburbia, this girl can act!

    • J Jett

      KLD, i agree 1000% that Jane Levy is fantastic and should be in more projects!
      i still miss SUBURBIA! it was such a good show (season 3 was meh…but still mostly enjoyable).

      • KLD

        Crap, we both missed it. Show was called Suburgatory. Jane was great but my fave was Ryan (Parker Young). I laughed for days at the memory of the episode where he found out he was adopted. Dude was funny!

        • J Jett

          holy crap!! i can’t believe i got the name of the show wrong! lol. i own all 3 seasons on disc and i’ve watched each season several times! lol. i was half asleep when i read & replied to your comment (and saw SUBURBIA). 🙂

          but yeah, Ryan was awesome. actually i loved the whole cast/characters! 🙂

  • Matt

    I’d definitely be up for a sequel, especially if the “idea” is half as good as Raimi and Alvarez are saying it is.

  • astronauta69

    Raimi knows how to make good sequels, so i trust in him

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    “that’s Hollywood, that’s the devil pushing us to do something just because we can” illuminati warning right there, not subtle at all

  • John Connor

    Sequel Concept:

    Due to the fallout of what happened, Rocky is pinned as a person of interest since her mother comes forward and lets the media know that she was likely involved with those two guys that were killed in the invasion because Rocky always hung out with them and that she stole her little sister. The money (that Rocky stole) is ironically stolen from her while hiding in Los Angeles.

    Meanwhile, the “sweet” blind old man (Norman Nordstrom) is heralded and celebrated in the media. The world loves him and is tremendously sympathetic to him since he lost his daughter and survived a home invasion by some punk kids. He gets all this publicity and becomes something of a celebrity. He is even flown out to Los Angeles (where Rocky is hiding) to get corrective surgery and regains his sight. He’s a media darling.

    Rocky is eventually caught and grilled on if she was involved. Norman goes to publicly confront her, but instead of ratting her out, he vehemently defends her and makes a case that she was probably running from an abusive home. This is an obvious choice, as she can easily rat him out for what he did.

    He claims to her, privately, that she saved his life. He says he is a changed man and wants to help her.

    What follows is a bizarre and twisted tale of trust, dependence, and redemption.

    They develop a weird father-daughter relationship dynamic as they become these celebrated strangers that found each other in a fallen and poverty-stricken Detroit.

    The mother takes back Diddy (Rocky’s little sister) but Norman makes the case, with the help of Rocky, that she is an unfit mother and he would gladly adopt her. Rocky doesn’t know how to take this. She’d probably rather Diddy go back with her mother over this turkey-baster rapist. But she starts to bizarrely trust him because she has no choice if she wants to reap the rewards of fame and celebrity. So both Norman and Rocky have to keep lying and depend on each other just to survive, otherwise the truth comes out for the both of them and they’re lives are over.

    So they both give each other back what the other lost, (for Rocky, a father-figure and money/security) (for Norman, a daughter and perhaps granddaughter) a family.

    Perhaps there is a detective/reporter that is on to them and they have to work together to protect each other.

    It would be titled, ‘Don’t Speak’.

    As it reveals the lies and evils of the media and ‘celebrity’, it would be a tough sell to a studio to greenlight this wonderfully dark character-arc drama sequel to a thriller/horror film where the only way to sell a sequel would be to make more of the same.

    Maybe it ends with something significant revealing the whole truth and Rocky decides to somehow solely take the fall without giving up Norman (as she is convinced and finally fully trusts him by the tale’s end).

    (I’m guessing there will be a lot of people that will scream that Norman is irredeemable, but that’s the point. Its a story about redemption, trust, and dependency, whether good or bad. In ‘Don’t Breathe’, I saw human beings, flawed human beings that went down dark paths in the face of immense tragedy and by story’s end I saw how they, the protagonist and antagonist, could have been totally changed people due to those events as they got away with it.)

    • THGrimm

      This . . . was amazing. I love when/the idea of sequels are different genres than their predecessor; that’s more realistic. This was fantastic. Kudos to you.

  • MadCows

    They should call it… Don’t Breathe Again.

  • CrackTheSkye1990

    Don’t Breathe 2: Out of Breath

    Don’t Breathe was good though it was a little predictable in parts. It reminded me a lot of The Collector except not as gory of course.

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