Fede the Sequel King could overtake Jareth the Goblin King. Director Fede Alvarez is currently promoting the newest film in the Dragon Tattoo series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, starring The Crown’s Claire Foy. That’s not the only sequel that Alvarez is working on, and he was able to give some update on two of them.
First, the good news. The script for the sequel to Alvarez’ 2016 thriller Don’t Breathe is done. In an interview with Movie Web, Fede said, “We do have a script for Don't Breathe 2. We do have a script for Don't Breathe 2 that we wrote. Once I'm done with [The Girl in the Spider's Web], we're gonna start thinking of ways to bring that story to the screen. Me directing or me producing. It really depends on the time that we'll have. I'm particularly excited about that, because it's a really different sequel when it comes to sequels. It's a very different approach, and I'm excited about that.”
Don’t Breathe centered around a group of 20-somethings who decide to rob the house of a blind man. They picked the wrong house. It’s not surprising there will be a sequel. It made $89.2 million domestically on a budget of $9.9 million. When a movie makes nine times what it cost, that’s considered a fairly large success.
Now the bad news. In the same interview, Alvarez revealed that they “don’t have a script for Evil Dead 2.” This knowledge, along with the cancellation of Ash vs Evil Dead, will not make fans of that universe happy. The 2013 remake of the 1981 Sam Raimi film took in $54.2 million domestically on a $17.4 million budget. That’s still pretty good and can warrant a sequel. If enough people sent Alvarez an S-Mart gift card, maybe they could convince him into moving forward with something.
There used to be an adage that the sequel is never as good as the original. With people like Fede Alvarez in charge of them, it could become just a tall tale.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web opens in theaters November 9.
Via Slashfilm. Box office figures via Box Office Mojo.