Legendary Pictures held a screening of Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat last night with a live Q&A afterwards. During the panel, Dougherty revealed to the crowd that Trick ‘r Treat 2 is in the works with Legendary Pictures developing the sequel. There is no script currently but the idea would be to have the movie hit in 2015 at the earliest.
This is incredibly exciting news as I love Trick ‘r Treat and have always wished that we’d see more movies featuring the movie’s low-statured king-of-Halloween-mischief, Sam. I even chose Trick ‘r Treat to be the subject of our latest episode of the Monster Popcorn podcast (click here if you want to listen to our Halloween themed episode). I feel that Sam is the best candidate for becoming the next big horror icon and could easily sit next to the likes of Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kreuger and Chucky. I’ll definitely be following news as the sequel progresses and cannot wait for this to hit theaters (maybe? the original didn’t open in theaters).
Dougherty was also interviewed by EW in which he talks a little about the news of Trick ‘r Treat 2. When asked about how the idea for the sequel came about, Dougherty responded, “It’s funny because when I first dreamt up the idea of making the first film, I thought, “How neat would it be if we made them a series?” I’m a firm believer that October should be filled with Halloween movies, or horror movies. That’s something I remember from childhood. Horror movies and Halloween, they go hand-in-hand. And so the idea was, “Well we could probably do a Trick ‘r Treat movie every year or every other year, and that it would sort of just be a new batch of stories and characters. And the common link between all of them would be Sam.” Initially that was the plan, and then things changed as the first film had a very delayed, strange journey. I put those dreams on hold for a little while, so it feels good to go back to that initial plan.”
He also added what kind of monsters we could expect in Trick ‘r Treat 2, “I think we’ll shake it up a little bit. There are different archetypes I’d like to explore, different types of monsters. We covered werewolves, vampires, and zombies, but there’s a whole slew of different creatures out there that we haven’t tackled, and I think Sam would probably be pretty good buddies with. So I think it’s time to let them have their time in the sun.”
This is all incredibly great news that arrives just in time to make our Halloween even more happier and I absolutely cannot wait for Trick ‘r Treat 2! If you’re excited like me, feel free to leave your enthusiasm in the comments section!
The Trick ‘r Treat panel discussion from last night has popped up online and you can watch it in the embed below.
by Ben McBride
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