The rock band U2 once elegantly stated, “nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” Consider those over at Universal Pictures as fans. Ignoring other ridiculous similarities I discovered while writing this (U2-2U), on New Year’s Day, Universal dropped the second trailer for Happy Death Day 2u! The upcoming sequel comes off the heels of its surprise smash-hit predecessor, 2017’s Happy Death Day. The original grossed a massive $122.6 million worldwide on a $4.8 million production budget. That’s what we call, in football terms, a slam dunk.
In an interview with Collider earlier last year, franchise star Jessica Rothe described what moviegoers could expect from the sequel. Rothe stated the movie elevates itself past a horror flick “into a Back to the Future type of genre film” where more plot details not explained in the original are covered. Check out the new trailer and official synopsis below!
Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse’s (Split, Get Out, The Purge series) surprise 2017 smash hit of riveting, repeating twists and comic turns. This time, our hero Tree Gelbman (Rothe) discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.
Happy Death Day 2U brings along much of the same cast and crew that made the original great. Blumhouse Productions returns as (you guessed it) the production company, with Universal Pictures handling distribution. Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) returns to direct. Starring (and also returning) are lead actress Jessica Rothe (Please Stand By, La La Land), Israel Broussard (Say You Will, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), Ruby Modine (Shameless), and Phil Vu (Logan, Pitch Perfect 2).
The film marks the continued strong relationship between Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions. In 2018 alone, the partnership yielded big grossing titles such as Insidious: The Last Key, Truth or Dare, The First Purge, and Halloween. Those films alone totaled a combined $652.3 million on $36.5 million of production budgets total, according to Box Office Mojo. Let’s hope Happy Death Day 2U kicks off 2019 with some eerily similar success. Deja vu?
You can celebrate Happy Death Day 2U on February 14th 2019.