This week, Sinister 2 took a significant step towards becoming a reality. Scott Derrickson, the director of the 2012 film which grossed $77 million worldwide, and Blumhouse Productions selected a director to take on the sequel: Irish filmmaker Ciaran Foy, who previously helmed the well-received thriller Citadel.
If you go back and look at Citadel, you'll understand why Foy's vision was enlisted to carry on the mythology of Bagul. It's grim, yet incredibly emotional and it has some truly genuine frights.
"I was afraid he wouldn't want to do this, but when he read the script, he was very matter-of-fact about it and said, 'I want to do this. This is a movie I should make,'" Derrickson recounted when I met with the director while he was touting his latest film, Deliver Us from Evil at WonderCon this weekend.
On Derrickson's selection, he explained: "There's a strange affinity between his shooting style and mine, first of all. When I was watching Citadel, I was thinking, 'Oh, that's how I would have done that scene.' He made that movie for $1.5 million with 16 locations, which I don't understand how he did that. He pulled off a difficult movie to do. Watching it multiple times and then speaking to him, I love his combination of humility and confidence. He's humble, but tremendously confident as an artist. He could create tension and take very seriously the artistry and craftsmanship of fimmaking, the aesthetics of a movie. That's a combo not many horror directors have."
Sinister 2, which is expected to begin shooting this summer for a 2015 release, is once again written by C. Robert Cargill and Derrickson. The latter will serve as a producer on the film. "It's a completely different approach. The script was so hard to write because Cargill and I were determined to do a sequel that we wanted to see. And what we weren't going to do was, hey, another family, another box…same formula. Sinister 2 takes a different point of view, literally. When you see a sequel, you want to see an expanding mythology and an expanding point of view. It's very hard to do, but because we love the genre and seen so many horror franchises – mostly inferior ones – we're taking our best shot at making a worthy sequel."