Last years superb and ultra creepy horror hit, Sinister, was regarded a huge success. Made on a budget of just $3 million, the film went on to gross $87 million worldwide, and made many top ten best of lists too. Now, Deadline is reporting the producer Jason Blum wants to move things forward with a sequel.
Working under his Blumhouse production company, Blum already has two low budget horror franchises on the go, Paranormal Activity and Insidious, and now he has added Sinister to that list.
The plot details and returning cast are being heavily guarded at this time, but Blum returns to produce along with Scott Derrickson (who directed the first film). Derrickson also wrote the original film with C. Robert Cargill, and both are returning to write the sequel. It is not thought that Derrickson will be directing the sequel (he currently has a number of directing jobs in the pipeline including When Gravity Fails, Two Eyes Staring, Goliath and Beware the Night) although talks are in place for a new director to come onboard.
Here’s the synopsis for the first film, which starred Ethan Hawke:
Desperately in need of a best seller to revive his struggling career, true crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke), moves his family to the scene of his most recent story; the unsolved, gruesome murder of a loving, happy suburban family.
Shunned by the local community and strained by his obligations to his family, the discovery of a batch of home movies in the attic offers Ellison shocking proof to the crime he is investigating. Ellison notices the same unidentified figure appearing in each of the 8mm films, leaving him convinced that all the incidents are linked by a truly bizarre connection. As his investigations uncover the terrifying truth he starts to lose his grip on reality and it soon becomes clear that he is placing his own family in harm’s way.
In related news, Blumhouse and Derrickson are also busy adapting the Stephen King novella The Breathing Method. The nested story takes place in an exclusive gentleman’s club where the price for membership is the telling of stories. One man begins to recount the tale of a woman in the 1930s who was determined to give birth to her illegitimate child, no matter the cost. She seeks out the physician author of a book on the Breathing Method of childbirth, and grows close with the doctor as her determination fails to wane.