The Marlon Wayans written horror comedy, A Haunted House, opened in the US in January and found itself as the number two film on its first week of release. Hated by critics, the film didn’t do too bad at the box office, and took a respectful $18 million in its first week. Costing just $2.5 million to make, the film went on to take $40 million in the US, and it expected to do well when it arrives on DVD and VOD on April 23rd.
Having not even been released here in the UK yet, Open Road Films already consider their film a success, and have negotiated a deal for a sequel. The sequel is expected to begin production this summer, with a US release planned for next winter.
It looks like Wayans will be returning to co-write the film again with Rick Alvarez. No plot of casting details have been released yet.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Tom Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg and Ben Cotner. Larry Kopeikin and Kevin Yorn negotiated on behalf of Wayans. He is also represented by CAA and managed by Lisa Blum. Stuart Ford and Michael Roban negotiated on behalf of IM Global.