Last year, we all rolled our eyes when the first trailers for Happy Death Day hit. "A teenage slasher movie openly cribbing from Groundhog Day's formula?", we snarked. "That movie definitely won't be any good."
Then Happy Death Day arrived, and we realized we were wrong. So very, very wrong. Christopher Landon's film was scary, inventive, and - while, yes, a fairly blatant riff on Groundhog Day's formula - pretty damn entertaining in its own right. We looked upon it and saw that it was good, and we were thankful to have such a pleasant surprise dropped in our laps. It's rare, but sometimes that actually happens!
Now comes the news that Happy Death Day 2 is a go. Says Deadline:
"Jessica Rothe is returning for the Christopher Landon-directed sequel as well as Israel Broussard. Fans could have guessed this, and there’s a lot out there, but this is certain now.
Landon has said in reports that the sequel will answer questions to the first installment’s endless time loop while Rothe has mentioned that part 2 will pick up where the first film left off in a Back to the Future-like style."
OK, look - the original Happy Death Day proved us all very wrong, and there's every chance that its sequel could do it again. That said, we're having a hard time imagining what a Happy Death Day sequel looks like that isn't basically just a remake of the first movie. The mention of Back To The Future suggest there'll be multiple Jessica Rothes running around, which we suppose might set the sequel well enough apart from the original to make the concept work a second time, but...must we?
We must. Happy Death Day earned almost $125M worldwide, which renders our skepticism on the matter moot; Happy Death Day 2 is a go, whether we want it or not. Here's hoping it wins us over as thoroughly as Landon's original did!