What made last year’s Happy Death Day such a blast was primarily the hugely entertaining performance of star Jessica Rothe, who sold the whole concept wonderfully. The film, made on a budget of just $4.8 million, ended up grossing over $100 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful slasher films of all time.
And you know what happens when slashers make a whole lot of money.
As it turns out, director Christopher Landon has an idea for a potential Happy Death Day 2, which would see Rothe reprising the role of Tree Gelbman!
“It’s great!” Rothe said of Landon’s idea, teasing it in a chat with Collider. “I like it because a lot of times with horror movies, if there’s a sequel, it’s almost a repeat, with different actors and slightly different storylines, but it worked, so you do the same thing again. Chris has done this incredible thing where the sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything.”
Rothe continued, “I was really pleased to know that we weren’t just gonna be pushing all the buttons that people loved the first time, over and over again, ‘cause I think that gets old. I’m really excited to see if it comes to fruition and, if it does, what the final product looks like. I hope we get to do it! I had a ball!”
At this time, a Happy Death Day sequel has not yet been announced.