Following the box office success of its predecessor, STX Films and Lakeshore Entertainment have announced that the sequel to the 2016 horror film The Boy officially began production in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday, January 28, with William Brent Bell returning to helm and Stacey Menear returning to pen the script.
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Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into the estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.
Principal photography was originally set to begin in Victoria, British Columbia on January 14, but following an unknown two week delay, filming has officially begun to the commercial hit, with Bell (The Devil Inside) behind the camera once again. The cast is made up of Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) as the matriarch to the family, along with Christopher Convery (Gotham) as her son Jude, Owain Yeoman (Turn: Washington’s Spies) as her husband Sean and Ralph Ineson (The Witch) as a character named Joseph.
Penned by the same writer, Menear, The Boy 2 will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid, as well as Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee. Bell’s The Boy was produced for under $15 million and grossed $68 million worldwide.
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Brent Bell has firmly established himself in the cinematic world of horror, having directed The Boy, Wer, and The Devil Inside, and is currently in-development on multiple projects, including Blumhouse Productions’ TV series, Posthumans.
STXfilms and Lakeshore’s recent collaborations include Pierre Morel’s action-thriller Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner, and the romance-drama Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. STX Entertainment is co-producing The Boy 2 with Lakeshore and will distribute in the US, while jointly handling international sales with Lakeshore.