In 2021, following his cut up with Marvel over Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, director Scott Derrickson pivoted again to full-on horror with The Black Telephone. Based mostly on a 2004 quick story by Joe Hill, the movie was notably one of many few situations the place main man Ethan Hawke performed an all-out villain. In the event you noticed it, you wouldn’t suppose there was something that advised it could possibly be a full-on franchise, however Blumhouse begs to vary.
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On Friday, the horror-focused manufacturing firm revealed one other installment was within the works, at present referred to as The Black Telephone 2 and set to launch on June 27, 2025. Proper now, that’s the one actual information concerning the film. However so far as what it’s about, co-writer C. Robert Cargill wrote on Twitter that Hill introduced a “actually nice concept” for a follow-up, doubtless the identical one which Derrickson stated he heard from the writer again in 2022. (In that very same tweet, Cargill signifies that he and Derrickson are returning for the sequel, although in what capability isn’t totally clear.)
The primary movie starred Mason Thames as Finney, a younger boy kidnapped by Hawke’s serial killer merely referred to as “the Grabber.” Locked in a soundproof basement, the one hope for Finney to flee is a rotary cellphone within the room that allowed him to speak with the Grabber’s earlier teenage victims, a few of whom he knew within the days earlier than they had been finally killed. It positively resonated with audiences when it got here out: together with stable critiques, the film earned $161 million worldwide (on a finances of round $18 million).
What does a second Black Telephone film appear to be, and what’s this “actually nice concept” that Hill has cooked up for it? We’ll discover out on June 27, 2025, assuming no delays get in the way in which of issues.
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