The horror thriller The Black Phone from the director Scott Derrickson, Blumhouse Productions y Universal Picturesbecame an acclaimed critical and box office hit upon its theatrical release in the summer of 2022. A couple of months after the release, there was already talk of plans to launch a sequel.
And now it’s done officially confirmed to be launched The Black Phone 2. Universal and Blumhouse have just set their theatrical release for June 27, 2025, repeating the release month of the original tape. At the moment it is unknown if Derrickson will resume his duties as director (via Variety).
The black phone marked the return to the horror genre, both of director Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Doctor Strange), as well as its scriptwriter C. Robert Cargill (Sinister, Doctor Strange).
The production, which had a budget of $18 million, accumulated a total of $161 million in the global box office. It was only a matter of time before a next delivery was made official.
The plot focuses on Ethan Hawke (Sinister) playing The Grabber, a sadistic killer wearing a chilling mask (designed by Tom Savini), who likes to terrorize small children, including the shy and cunning Finney (Mason Thames), who, tricked by magic tricks, is kidnapped by “The Raptor” and taken to a sound-proof basement. When an unplugged phone in the wall starts ringing, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. Madeleine McGraw (Toy Story 4, Ant-Man and the Wasp) rounds out the main cast.
Cargill adapted the screenplay from the award-winning short story of the same name written by Joe Hill. Derrickson, Cargill y Jason Blum they produced the movie Blumhouse and Universal. Hill executive produced, alongside Ryan Turek, and Christopher H. Warner.
In previous interviews, prior to the launch of The Black PhoneDerrickson was in favor of making a sequel:
“Joe Hill presented me with a wonderful idea for a Black Phone sequel that, if this movie does well, I’ll do it. He has a great idea, I really liked it. Joe is very protective and personal about his material, but he came to me with the idea and I said, ‘This is how you make a Black Phone sequel.’ That is fantastic.'”
Cargill teased the sequel’s title possibilities: