It’s still a bit wild to believe that The Strangers 2 is finally happening, but here we are! The long-discussed sequel to Bryan Bertino‘s 2008 home invasion drama is finally in front of cameras with Johannes Roberts stepping into the role of director. Roberts latest film, the shark diving thriller 47 Meters Down landed in theaters this weekend and the folks over at Dread Central took the opportunity to ask the filmmaker a bit about how he’s approaching the highly anticipated horror sequel, and he promised a follow-up based on the same kind of emotional backbone of the first film, and a 70s classics he’s looking at as reference points.
Here’s what Roberts told the outlet:
“It’s going to be great, I hope. I’m in week two of filming. It’s Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman, and they’re fucking great. It looks absolutely incredible. I love Bertino’s film, I think it’s an amazing movie and tonally this movie is going to fit very well into that universe. It has a real strong emotional heart, which the first one did, and it has a very cool retro feel to it, a lot of sort of references to… I mean, I always bring a lot of John Carpenter with me because that’s what I grew up on, but also maybe going back a bit earlier to the seventies movies, from Don’t Look Now to Duel, the Spielberg movie, even Christine a bit, the John Carpenter movie. All of these influences are finding their way into the movie, but I think it’s going to be a real fantastic movie. I’m super excited about it.