There is several universal truths in Hollywood. One is that if something is successful, the powers that be will try to give audiences more of it. Another is that with horror films, with their low budgets, the bar for success is far lower. Taking these two truths into consideration, when last week’s Halloween sequelboot made ten times its estimated $10 million budget worldwide in its opening weekend, you just had to know a sequel will be coming.
It is. Screenwriter Danny McBride was interviewed by Deadline and confirmed that talks had begun. Not only had they begun, but also that he had an idea for a follow up before the first film even got made:
DEADLINE: You make movies like this to launch or revive franchises. How far along are you on the inevitable sequel?
MCBRIDE: We definitely have ideas of what we would do. I think we did not allow ourselves to really indulge those ideas until the movie came out. We just wanted to put all our hopes and dreams in having this film stick the landing. But we do have thoughts and ideas of what we could possibly do. We hadn’t invested a ton of time on them, but now we’re being asked to figure it out. There are definitely talks on whether we will do more of them and we’re just trying to see what best makes sense.
Let’s face it. Universal was going to want a sequel no matter what. It is reassuring that they are going to the people who made the sequelboot a success first to create the next installment. We’ll keep an eye on this as it goes forward.