Happy Death Day Sequel Set For Back To The Future-Esque Feel
Happy Death Day really dominated the box office when it was first released with the huge record breaking ‘It‘ possibly paving the way for later horror movies, like Happy Death Day to hit the big time. The film was predicted to hit around $15m the first weekend but reports suggested it exceeded the prediction hitting around $25m.
Actress Jessica Rothe, who plays Tree Gelbman who has to relive her death over and over again in the 2017 film, recently sat down with the guys over at Collider and spoke a little of Happy Death Day and it’s sequel.
Here’s what she had to say:
Happy Death Day took a lot of people by surprise.
ROTHE: I know, right?!
I think people went into that movie thinking that they knew what it was, and it was so much more than people expected. How pleased were you with the final outcome of the film, and with the way it was received by those who saw it?
ROTHE: I was thrilled with the final outcome. It’s very rare to watch a movie and think, “That’s the movie we shot!” So many things happen, with edits and things getting cut out. Chris Landon, our director, was one of the most talented directors I’ve ever worked with. He’s so, so smart and so deadly funny, which you see in the film because the movie is him, to a T. It was a huge testament to him, but we put in a lot of work. We shot the movie in five weeks, which for how much there was, was a lot. Tree’s journey and her transformation is pretty epic, and I felt so lucky to get to do that, to go from this narcissistic villain to this bad-ass heroine. That’s not something that a lot of people, and especially women, get to do in Hollywood. So, I was thrilled with the outcome. I felt very much like, “Okay, I really like the movie, but you can’t control what other people think, so just remember that you can’t control what other people think.” The response was so thrilling. I knew we had made a good film, and I’m delighted that people received it in the way that we intended them to. Also, we came at the right time for people to receive it that way. Two months earlier or two months later, it might not have hit people in the same way. I feel very, very lucky, but that movie will always have such a special place in my heart.
Before the film even came out, the director said that he had and idea for the sequel. Did he ever discuss that with you?
ROTHE: He did. It’s great! I like it because a lot of times with horror movies, if there’s a sequel, it’s almost a repeat, with different actors and slightly different storylines, but it worked, so you do the same thing again. Chris has done this incredible thing where the sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything. I was really pleased to know that we weren’t just gonna be pushing all the buttons that people loved the first time, over and over again, ‘cause I think that gets old. I’m really excited to see if it comes to fruition and, if it does, what the final product looks like. I hope we get to do it! I had a ball!
It seems crazy not to do it!