Last year’s Happy Death Day, a slasher film with a Groundhog Day-inspired premise, was both a whole lot of fun and a massive success at the box office. Worldwide, the Christopher Landon-directed film pulled in well over $100 million on a $4.8 million production budget, which all but guaranteed that a sequel would soon be on the menu.
Breakout star Jessica Rothe even detailed early sequel plans earlier this year, relaying Landon’s Back to the Future-esque approach to a potential follow-up.
“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 told Collider.
She 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!”
While Happy Death Day 2 hasn’t been officially announced, Geek Vibes Nation spotted that the sequel is listed in this week’s Production Weekly roundup. They tweeted, “It looks like the sequel to
#HappyDeathDay will begin filming May 14 in New Orleans.”
The working title, according to Production Weekly, is “Foe Paw.” The listing notes that Christopher Landon will be returning to both write and direct. Jason Blum produces.