Ten years is a lifetime in the film industry.
To put that into perspective, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was viewed as little more than wishful thinking back in 2007, when Jon Favreau and the Powers That Be quietly began plotting an Iron Man post-credits scene involving a certain Nick Fury. Twelve months later, Favreau’s standalone pic launched Robert Downey Jr.’s career into the stratosphere and the rest is history. But 2008 also witnessed the release of a lesser-known horror pic. Its name? The Strangers.
Headed up by Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, the home invasion thriller became something of a cult hit nine years ago and now, after enduring a prolonged spell in pre-production, The Strangers 2 is officially on the cards. It’s found its leading trio, too, now that former Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman have all climbed aboard to anchor the horror sequel.
Johannes Roberts of 47 Meters Down fame is at the helm, directing a script penned by Strangers scribes Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. The elevator pitch? Hendricks, Madison, and Pullman will form a dysfunctional family unit “whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and the power goes out. As they hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer, three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.”
Little is currently known about the release timeline of The Strangers 2. One would assume that with Cannes right around the corner though, Bloom and the Fyzz Facility Pictures will be in town to promote the film, before Johannes Roberts starts shooting in Los Angeles on May 30th. Watch this space for more.