After suffering a long bout in development hell, the sequel to Bryan Bertino’s 2008 home invasion scarefest is gaining traction. In a new report from The Wrap, we’ve now learned that Relativity are pushing for Marcel Langenegger (Deception) to direct The Strangers 2 this spring. Neither the studio nor Langenegger’s camp verified the news, but it’s expected that the helmer will sign on shortly.
Currently deep in negotiations, Langenegger is being eyed to, once again, make ordinary moviegoers terrified of mask-wearing lunatics. Scribbling duties on the sequel will be tackled by Ben Ketai (Chosen), whose premise for this second bout of stalking looks to top the eerie events of the first.
This time around, the film will follow a family, who, on the brink of sending their troubled teenager daughter to a boarding school, decide to pay a visit to the girl’s aunt and uncle. Upon arrival, the girl and her brother venture inside only to find the recently hacked-up corpses of their relatives. As you may have guessed – it’s the bloody handiwork of the three masked killers made infamous in the first movie. The remainder of the evening turns into a terrifying ordeal for the family, as Man in the Mask, Pin Up Girl and Dollface, hunt them down.
With a fresh location, and by the sounds of it, a fresh family to torture, The Strangers 2 appears to be a similar spin on the same theme. The Wrap go on to assert that the sequel will pick up “where the original’s bloody footprints leave off.” Does that mean Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman – who starred as a couple in the first flick – will make an appearance? As yet, their involvement has not been mentioned, but it’d be a neat twist to have an opening sequence linking up the two movies.
We shall have to wait and see on that front.