One of my favorite pleasant horror surprises of 2019 so far has been Escape Room, a somewhat Saw-esque film in which characters have to try and solve puzzles to stay alive after agreeing to participate in a fancy, high-tech, invite-only escape room game.
Directed by Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan, Insidious: The Last Key) Escape Room received mixed reviews from critics, but performed pretty well among horror fans, bringing in over $155 million worldwide on a budget of only $9 million.
Escape Room distributor Sony quickly greenlit a sequel for next year, dating it for release on April 17th, 2020. Now, Exhibitor Relations reports that Escape Room 2 has been bumped back nearly four months to a summertime slot of August 17th.
If anything, this delay should probably be a sign that Sony has some confidence in Escape Room 2, releasing it during the prime summer moviegoing season. Considering that the first film released in the dumping ground of January, it’s a big improvement.
Plot details for Escape Room 2 have yet to be revealed, although anyone who saw the first film will recall that it ended on a pretty clear sequel hook. Thankfully, Robitel is set to return as director, likely ensuring consistent creative quality from the follow-up.