Magnet Films, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, will produce a sequel to ABCs of Death in association with Timpson Films and Drafthouse Films, Variety reports.
ABCs of Death tapped separate horror directors for 26 short films about death. The second film will expand beyond horror helmers, however, and has signed on directors including The Last Circus’ Alex de la Iglesia, Room 237‘s Rodney Ascher and animator Bill Plympton.
Additional confirmed filmmakers include Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves), Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club), Splce and Cube‘s Vincenzo Natali, indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Habit), The Collection’s Marcus Dunstan, France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside, Livid), E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit Cheap Thrills), twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Rabis, Big Bad Wolves), A Lonely Place to Die’s Julian Gilbey, Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (Ninjas), The Legend of Beaver Dam and the upcoming Stagefright‘s Jerome Sable, and animator Robert Morgan – creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short “Bobby Yeah”.
Like they did with the original, producers will hold a director’s competition this summer to include one additional filmmaker. Release of ABCs of Death 2 is planned for next year.
Magnet acquired last year’s horror pic V/H/S and will release a sequel to it later this year.
“This time around we’re all determined to expand the concept to even more hyperkinetic, comically deranged and mortally dizzying heights of how someone can shuffle off this mortal coil,” said Ant Timpson, who will produce along with Tim League in conjunction with Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis and Ted Geoghegan.