It looks like Blumhouse Productions is wasting no time in getting Happy Death Day 2 going. The horror version of Groundhog Day opened in theaters last year and wound up being another hit for the studio that actually did surprisingly well with critics and fans as well. That being the case, a sequel has been being developed behind-the-scenes and it looks like it's actually coming together rather quickly, as it now appears the movie will begin filming this May, based on a new report.
Happy Death Day 2 hasn't been officially announced yet, but we know it's happening. The folks at Geek Vibes Nation recently reported, via a post to their Twitter account, that the sequel will begin filming on May 12, in New Orleans. Since this isn't officially coming from the studio, it should be regarded as rumor for now. However, star Jessica Rothe has discussed plans for a sequel previously, so we know it's being worked on. There's also a working title of "Foe Paw" according to Production Weekly. So there's enough to suggest this could very well be true.
Details on the Happy Death Day sequel are understandably scarce currently, as the movie hasn't been formally announced by Blumhouse. However, Jessica Rothe discussed in an interview with Collider not long ago some of director Christopher B. Landon's ideas for Happy Death Day 2, which she compared to Back to the Future, but in the context of a genre movie. Here's what she had to say about it.
"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. 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!"
Happy Death Day literally killed at the box office, grossing $122.6 million worldwide, working from a budget of just $4.8 million. Even though it may be tough for those who have seen the first movie to imagine where they would take a sequel, that profit margin makes Happy Death Day 2 far too appealing to pass up for Blumhouse. And it sounds like there's actually a firm and possibly interesting idea in place, so this may not just be a pointless cash grab. There's no release date set, but if filming gets underway in May, Happy Death Day 2 could be ready for release sometime in mid to late 2019. This news comes to us courtesy of the Geek Vibes Nation Twitter account.