This year’s It Follows is one of the biggest independent horror success stories of all time, and also one of the most critically-acclaimed genre films in many years. The original plan was for the film to get a limited theatrical release and then hit VOD outlets, though the box office success has led to it opening wider and wider with each passing week.
Of course, it’s only natural that sequel talks have already begun, and since the film ends on an ambiguous note, with many aspects of the overall story being left to each viewer’s interpretation, it seems that an eventual follow-up is all but inevitable.
Entertainment Weekly reports today that distribution company Radius-TWC is indeed exploring the potential for a sequel, and president Tom Quinn hinted at what that sequel may end up being like.
“I don’t want to give away too much, but we’ve thought about it,” says Quinn. “Flip the title. There’s so much you could do.”
EW’s Kevin P. Sullivan took that clue and ran with it, coming up with a possible plot synopsis for the possible sequel…
“If Quinn is hinting at the title Follow It—a really empowering reversal, if you think about it—the plot could have characters tracing their partners’ sexual histories to track the curse’s origin (while evading the killer creature), which would give the movie a strong allegorical element similar to the first film’s,” wrote Sullivan. “The original’s heroine, Jay, or possibly an entirely new lead would have to take a literal journey through the messy ties of past sexual partners, a task that undoubtedly comes with its own lessons and parallels to the titular IT.”
In a recent interview, It Follows director David Robert Mitchell expressed his interest in directing a sequel, though for now he has other things on his plate.
“I have a lot of different kinds of projects in many different genres, so I don’t know that a sequel would be the next thing that I would do, but I’m certainly open to it,” he told Vulture. “I just kinda want to see how things play out.”
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