by Justin Cook
It appears that 2008’s sleeper hit horror film The Strangers will finally be getting a sequel at Relativity, after many years in development.
In talks to helm the film is Marcel Langenegger, director of the 2008 thriller Deception, while Ben Kentai is attached to pen the script. If things go as planned, Langenegger will begin working on the film as soon as this spring.
According to The Wrap, the film “follows a family on the verge of sending their troubled teenage daughter to boarding school as they embark on one last family trip to a mobile home park that their uncle runs. Their last bonding opportunity turns to horror when the teenage children discover the bodies of their aunt and uncle, fresh from a recent visit from the Strangers — Man in the Mask, Pin Up Girl and Dollface. The night becomes a race to escape for the family, as the masked killers take new pleasure in tormenting their victims in this twisted sequel that picks up where the original’s bloody footprints leave off.”
The news is fairly surprising, considering how the sequel is coming years after the initial release of The Strangers. Rarely are sequels to horror films released more than a couple of years after the first in the series hits theaters, so it may be hard for Relativity to get an audience for The Strangers 2.
Back in 2008, The Strangers proved to be a pretty major success, grossing $82 million on a $9 million budget. The film starred Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman and Glenn Howerton, and was directed by Bryan Bertino. Despite some mixed reviews from critics, for the most part, the film effectively scared casual moviegoers.
Producers from the first film, Roy Lee, Doug Davidson and Trevor Macy will be returning to the sequel, while Marc Evans, Sonny Mallhi and Joe Drake will executive produce.
Source: The Wrap