Deadline is exclusively reporting that Blumhouse are moving forward with a sequel to last years horror thriller Happy Death Day.
The original film had us following a young woman named Theresa ‘Tree’ Gelbman, who wakes up on Monday the 18th September in the dorm room of Carter Davis after a drunken binge the night before. As we learn that it’s Tree’s birthday, we follow her through her day being self-centered and condescending to those around her. As she makes her way to a party, she is brutally murdered by a hooded figure wearing a mask of the campus mascot, a big headed baby. Tree wakes up and soon realises that she’s reliving her birthday all over again.
The report states that Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard will be reprising their roles from the original and Christopher Landon will be back to helm the sequel. Landon has indicated in previous interviews that the sequel will answer questions to the original’s endless time loop, while Rothe has mentioned that the sequel will pick up where the first film left off, Back to the Future-esque style.
The report also states that we’ll be introduced to characters in the sequel. Suraj Sharma (whose credits include Life of Pi and Homeland) will be playing the role of Samar Ghosh, a science enthusiast and geek who enjoys coding in his spare time. Sarah Yarkin (whose credits include Foursome and American Horror Story) will be playing the role of Dre Morgan, a science geek and tom-boy with a sleepy feline gaze who is Samar’s partner-in-crime.
I’m skeptical on whether a sequel to Happy Death Day could work, but I will say that the film was one of the more pleasant surprises from last year, especially since the marketing before seeing it done nothing for me at all.
Happy Death Day 2 is still casting and is aiming to begin production in the middle of May.