AceShowbiz - Lovebirds may now consider to have a scary date on next year's Valentine's Day. Blumhouse and Universal Pictures have announced the release date for the "Happy Death Day" sequel, plotting it to hit U.S. theaters on February 14, 2019 a.k.a. the day of love.
Officially titled "Happy Death Day 2U", the follow-up to the 2017 slasher film will see the first film's lead star, Jessica Rothe, reprising her role as Theresa "Tree" Gelbman. Plot details are still kept under wraps, but according to a synopsis, Tree will discover that "dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead."
Christopher Landon will also return as writer and director, with Jason Blum (the "Paranormal Activity" movies, "Get Out") producing. Angela Mancuso, John Baldecchi and Samson Mucke are on board as executive producers.
Blum teased the sequel earlier this month. "I'm extremely proud of the second movie," he told EW. "It's better than the first movie, it takes it further. Chris Landon got the tone right, and you're going to love it."
"Happy Death Day" was a sleeper hit when it was released in October last year, grossing $122 million worldwide on a $4.8 million budget with relatively unknown cast members. It also received generally positive reviews from critics.
The first film follows Tree, a young co-ed, who wakes up on her birthday after a drunken binge the previous evening. That night, she is killed by a hooded figure wearing a mask of the campus mascot on her way to a party. Instead of the afterlife, she is awakened in the same place with the same events repeating a la "Groundhog Day". Tree is then trying to identify the killer in order to prevent her murder and stop the day from repeating again.
Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Suraj Sharma and Steve Zissis also starred in the first movie.