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.