Happy Death Day 2U is set to premiere in theaters on Valentine's Day next month, continuing the story set in the original movie from 2017. However, that could change if Fred Guttenberg's social media campaign to move the release date is successful. On Feb. 14 of last year, Guttenberg's daughter was slain in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida. For Guttenberg, having a movie with a title like this release on the 1-year anniversary of the massacre is too painful, and the grieving father has taken to social media to voice his concerns.
"For my family and 16 others, February 14th will always be death day and this movie will make this painful day worse," Guttenberg stressed on Twitter. In another tweet sent directly to Jason Blum and Blumhouse, Guttenberg promises he will do everything he can to "help make [the] movie successful," so as long as it premieres on a different date. Those supporting Guttenberg on social media have been tagging some of the more active celebrities on Twitter, hoping to increase awareness on the issue and spread the word further. As of now, at least one celebrity has connected with Guttenberg, as Rosanna Arquette told him on Twitter to check his email.
The original Happy Death Day is a horror comedy that can best be described as the Groundhog Day of slasher movies. Written and directed by Christopher Landon and produced by Jason Blum, the movie stars Jessica Rothe as college student Theresa "Tree" Gelbman. After Tree is murdered on her birthday, the day proceeds to repeats itself over and over again. Each time, Tree is killed in different ways, so she takes it upon herself to discover the killer and put an end to her never-ending slasher movie deaths. It features a simple concept but it worked incredibly well, as the movie was a hit both at the box office and with critics.
Happy Death Day 2U brings back Rothe to reprise the role of Tree, taking place two years after the events of the original. Once again in a time loop, Tree must unmask a new killer and put an end to the madness once again. With her friends involved this time, the stakes are much higher. Joining Rothe in the cast are returning cast members Israel Broussard and Ruby Modine, with newcomers Suraj Sharma and Sarah Yarkin joining the cast. Also written and directed by Landon, the sequel seems to have the same spirit as the 2017 movie, and will likely be must-see for fans of the first one.
It's clear that it's merely the release date for Happy Death Day 2U that bothers Guttenberg to the extent that it does. Certainly, his position is very understandable as well. Feb. 14 is going to be difficult enough for Guttenberg, as well as all of the other surviving families of the Parkland tragedy. The absolute last thing any of them will want to hear that day is "Happy Death Day 2U." As of now, the studio has not publicly commented on the campaign to change the release date, and it's possible they're currently weighing the option. You can take a look at Fred Guttenberg's tweets about the movie below.
My daughter and 16 others were killed on February 14th. Universal Studios is releasing a move a movie called Happy Death Day 2 U? I get the pun on Valentines Day, for me it will always be the day my daughter was murdered. Please reconsider this!!!!https://t.co/mcx72VKE7A— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 16, 2019
Thank you for tagging everyone as we must move the release date of this movie. For my family and 16 others, February 14th will always be death day and this movie will make this painful day worse.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 16, 2019
@jason_blum, @blumhouse I sent you an email about this earlier. Please, take a look at my email. I am pleading with you to move this date. I will work with you in any way to help make your movie successful, just please move the release date. Thank you. https://t.co/H1Buk0gG3x— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 16, 2019