Made on a tiny budget of only $9 million, 2008 home invasion horror flick The Strangers was a smash hit, earning over $80 million at the box office. Written and directed by Bryan Bertino, the film starred Liv Tyler (The Incredible Hulk) and Scott Speedman (Underworld) as a married couple who were targeted in their home by a group of masked psychos.
With success that big, talk of a possible Strangers 2 began almost immediately. Unfortunately, nothing has ever gotten past the development stage. Things finally seemed to be moving along last year, when Relativity Media announced that it would be producing a Strangers sequel, with a tentative release date of December 2nd, 2016. Obviously, that date is soon to come and go, and alas a new Strangers movie seems no closer than it ever has.
In a recent interview with Rue Morgue, frequent Bertino collaborator Adrienne Biddle was asked about the status of The Strangers 2, and her reply offers very little hope for those still anticipating a follow-up to Bertino’s feature directing debut:
“Bryan and I and our company are not attached to the project at this point. He wrote the original script, which I will say is a fantastic piece of writing, but he was never going to direct it, and it’s in Relativity Media’s hands following the sale of Rogue to Relativity. With all the troubles they’ve had, I don’t know if it’s going to happen. If they can get their financial act together, maybe, but it has almost happened two or three or four times over the last five or six years, so I’ll believe it when it see it.”
With no official developments on The Strangers 2 taking place in nearly an entire calendar year, it would seem that Biddle’s assessment is likely accurate. Sorry Strangers fans, you’ll just have to settle for re-watching the original film on Blu-Ray for now.