After years of talk and rumor we can now tell you that The Strangers II is finally beginning production. At a recent screening of The Blackcoat’s Daughter the good folks over at Dread Central caught up with Brian Bertino. While talking with Bertino, they asked about the long awaited sequel to Bertino’s 2008 home invasion hit The Strangers. Come to find out, the project is a go and is set to begin filming this summer. As for the reason for the long delay, Bertino lays the blame at the feet of Relativity Media and has stated that the wait was due to issues with the rights, which Relativity owned until recently.
I’m thrilled that is seems like finally now people are behind the movie that are interested in making it. I was thrilled to see it out of Relativity’s hands and into a group of producers’ hands that are actually excited about making it. It’s very crazy to think that after all of these years they’re going to make a sequel, but I liked the script that I wrote when I wrote it eight years ago. It’s a cool story, and I think it will have an opportunity to be an exciting movie. So I was really thrilled and excited to see, after so many false starts over the years, that it was in the hands of someone who was actually interested in doing something with it.”
The producers that Bertino mentioned are Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, and Mark Lane and James Harris who were behind I AM Not A Serial Killer.
Last we heard, Johannes Roberts will be directing the sequel. His name should sound familiar, Roberts is the director behind the 2016 films The Other Side of the Door and In the Deep (aka 47 Meters Down).
In the 2008 film three masked intruders terrorized a couple. When the dust had settled at the end of the The Strangers, “Pin-up Girl” remarked to “Dollface”, “It’ll be easier next time”. Well, I guess we will finally see if it is in fact “easier” to kill the second time.
Hopefully we will have some casting news soon. In the meantime, here’s the original trailer.