Last year Universal Pictures released “Happy Death Day” in theaters and the teen-thriller was an instant hit at the box office. Bringing in over $26M on opening weekend, the film opened at number-one before going on to make over $122M worldwide. That’s pretty good for a film that cost an estimated $4.8M to make. The success of the film earned the franchise a sequel and “Happy Death Day 2U,” which I have to admit is one of the cleverest titles for a thriller that I’ve seen in a while, is scheduled to release on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2019. The spot was already reserved by the studio for an “Untitled Blumhouse Project” but now we know which one it is.
If you were a fan of the original installment you should be happy to know that the band is getting back together for the sequel. Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard are reprising their roles under the returning director, Christopher Landon. The original screenplay was written by Scott Lobdell but Landon will be working off his own screenplay in the second installment.
Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, The Purge) produced the original thriller, which centered on co-ed Tree (Jessica Rothe) who is doomed to relive the day of her murder unless she can identify her masked assailant. If she can’t, she will be stuck in an insane loop, reliving a ghoulish nightmare that has become her death day.
The release date puts “Happy Death Day 2U” with some serious competition, the film “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is releasing that day, as is “Isn’t it Romantic” with Rebel Wilson and Priyanka Chopra. Other thrillers opening that month include “Escape Room” with Deborah Ann Woll and Tyler Labine; a remake of “Jacob’s Ladder” with Michael Ealy; “The Prodigy” with Taylor Schilling; a Universal Pictures’ project called “The Turning;” and “Rhythm Section” with Blake Lively and Jude Law.
We will just have to wait until late February to see which of the thrillers takes the top-spot on the box office charts.