January is known as a dumpster fire for movies, especially horror releases, as The Bye Bye Man and Insidious: The Last Key have shown over the years. This fact is a big reason why Escape Room was such a pleasant surprise when it was released this year. Featuring a creative spin on the Saw formula, the film entertained due to is creative “escape room” set-ups and stylish filmmaking.
After earning an impressive 118 million worldwide on a 9 million dollar budget, Sony is beginning to lay the groundwork for a sequel. Simply titled Escape Room 2, Sony has set the film for an April 17, 2020 release date, with director Adam Robitel and writer Bragi Schut.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 26, 2019
This decision makes sense both from a creative and financial perspective. Escape Room’s wacky, yet divisive ending does lay the ground work for a sequel that can up the ante from what the first one delivered. Even though reviews for the original are only OK (holds a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I am glad Sony decided to bring back the original team. The respective efforts of both Robitel and Schut had a lot of merit, and I am curious to see where they can improve with this sequel.
Financially-speaking, Escape Room appears to be yet another low-budget horror franchise in the making. The decision to release this only a year after the original is bold, but wise, as the original film will still be fresh in the minds of audiences. I would love if this series could become another Saw-like staple, returning on an annual basis to give audiences some fun low-stakes thrills.
What did you think of Escape Room? Are you excited for a sequel? Let us know in the comments section!