Just when you thought you solved the last puzzle, it’s time to go back in. Columbia Pictures confirmed to THR a sequel to Escape Room is in early development! Adam Robitel, director of the original, will return to helm the feature. In addition, writer Bragi F. Schut and producer Neal H. Moritz are also set to return. Moving away from Escape Room‘s January release date, the sequel is slated to hit theatres April 17th,2020. The studio is holding all plot details close to the vest, though the ending of the original teased some possibilities.
With a low production budget of $9 million and massive financial returns, all signs pointed towards a follow-up. Escape Room follows a group of strangers who are duped into a deadly puzzle-solving game over the promise of $10,000. Based upon the popular attractions of the same name, the first film starred Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller, Nik Dodani, and Jay Ellis. The psychological thriller received mixed-to-positive reviews throughout its theatrical run, which isn’t even over yet. Rotten Tomatoes currently reports a critic score of 47% fresh and a slightly better audience score of 57%.
Released a mere 53 days ago on January 4th, Escape Room amassed huge numbers at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, the psychological horror feature has grossed over $56.1 million domestically and over $118 million worldwide. Rumblings of a sequel could be heard already after it’s opening weekend, with the film bringing in $18.2 million. Those numbers appear even more impressive considering the wide release was shown on only 2,717 screens. For the sake of comparison, The Lego Movie 2 graced over 4,300 screens on its opening weekend.
Are you ready to step back into Escape Room? How did you feel about the original? You can check out our written review here. If you are a Patreon of Nightmare on Film Street, you can listen to Jon and Kim’s Drive Home From the Drive-in for a fresh-from-the-theatre reaction!