Variety announced a pair of horror franchise sequels prepping for production starting off with word a sequel to last year’s The Strangers will begin shooting next fall for Universal’s genre arm Rogue Pictures.
The original, written and directed by Bryan Bertino, was a breakout hit centering on a couple whose remote getaway becomes a place of terror when masked strangers invade. Bertino came back to write The Strangers 2, but French helmer Laurent Briet will direct. Briet’s career includes music videos and some work on the visual effects for The Ring 2.
There is no word on a storyline, but the end of the original film had the invaders heading off in their fan saying something to the effect of “It’ll be easier next time.” The film ended up grossing $80 million worldwide on a $9 million budget. The biggest question at the end was whether or not Liv Tyler’s character survived.
Personally, I thought the first half of The Strangers was fantastic, but it fell all apart for me at the end when it gave in to horror cliches. However, I know I am in the minority.
But I’m not sure I am in the minority when it comes to the Saw franchise which will see its sixth installment hit theaters this October and now there’s word Saw VII has been greenlit with plans for January start of production and Saw V helmer, David Hackl set to direct. Scribes Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who penned the fourth, fifth and sixth films, are writing the seventh.