Last year, Blumhouse’s unbeatable stream of horror releases continued in October with the release of Happy Death Day. The low-budgeted ($4.8 million) horror film stalked its way into theaters on October 13, taking advantage of the Friday the 13th opening date, usually a winner for films of its kind.
The film opened to an impressive $26 million domestically and went on to gross $122 million Worldwide. With an incredible haul like that, a sequel was inevitable and thus went into production this past May. Now Universal Pictures has announced a title and release date for the Blumhouse production.
Happy Death Day 2U has been slated to slash into theaters on Friday, February 14, 2019. That would put it in direct competition with the next X-Men film from Fox, Dark Phoenix (which is likely to be the last X-Men franchise movie from the studio, as the Disney* deal closes). The film is expected to pick up where the first movie left off.
Earlier this year, Rothe shared details about the plans for the sequel to Collider:
“The sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything,” Rothe said.
In the original Happy Death Day:
“Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her.”
Happy Death Day 2U is scheduled to arrive in theaters February 14,2019.