David Robert-Mitchell’s It Follows received rave reviews, and while it opened relatively small here in the UK, the film received a small opening in the US which was quickly escalated due to its box office success.
Naturally Radius-TWC are now thinking about sequel plans, and their co-President Tom Quinn expressed plans for a follow up to Deadline:
“Already the success of It Follows has exceeded our goals,” Quinn told the site. “The ultimate goal for us: We want to see [a] sequel.”
He then dropped a hint of the title of the sequel to EW:
“I don’t want to give away too much, but we’ve thought about it,” said Quinn before teasing title plans. “Flip the title. There’s so much you could do.”
EW then revealed what they believe the sequel could be about:
“If Quinn is hinting at the title Follow It—a really empowering reversal, if you think about it—the plot could have characters tracing their partners’ sexual histories to track the curse’s origin (while evading the killer creature), which would give the movie a strong allegorical element similar to the first film’s,” EW writes. “The original’s heroine, Jay, or possibly an entirely new lead would have to take a literal journey through the messy ties of past sexual partners, a task that undoubtedly comes with its own lessons and parallels to the titular IT.”
It Follows, directed by David Robert Mitchell (“The Myth of the American Sleepover”) from his own script, centres on a teenager plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her after a sexual encounter.
Financed by Animal Kingdom and Northern Lights, the film was produced by Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith, Mitchell, David Kaplan and Erik Rommesmo. The cast includes Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi (“Girls”) and Lili Sepe.
After a date and seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay is left with an inescapable sense that someone, or something is following her. Jay and her friends team up to try and find ways escape the traumatising horrors that are always right behind them.
The breakout film from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, It Follows is a suspenseful, beautifully shot, horror film that takes old, tired horror clichés and puts a smart, culturally relevant spin on them whilst maintaining a timeless class that the horror genre hasn’t seen for a long time. Teen sex, suburbia, murder, and nightmarish demons all take on a new layer of substance and style. Writer/Director David Robert Mitchell reminds us why these horror fundamentals are used so often and shows his peers how it’s done.
Labelled as “…suspenseful, atmospheric and spine-tingling horror cinema which nods at the masters… striking, sensitive and utterly disturbing” 5* by THE LIST, IT FOLLOWS was released in the UK and Ireland on 27th February 2015.