Making a good horror movie that is both original and scary is hard to find, especially today where there is nothing but constant sequels and remakes. But 2012's Sinister tapped into that magic by grossing $62 million on a $3 million budget (and thus following in the footsteps of Paranormal Activity and Insidious), so it's hardly surprising that the studio is already thinking about a sequel.
Director and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill are clearly still seeing dollar signs, too, and the duo has mused about the possible direction a follow-up could take. In an interview with SciFiNow, Derrickson confirmed that they're "in the process" of exploring those possibilities. The director also expressed his desire to stick around as a screenwriter and to serve as a producer:
I certainly want to write the script and be involved with it as the producer - I would possibly direct the next one, we'll see... But I don't see myself just handing the franchise over to just anybody and letting it go... If it goes on - then maybe – but I want to see it start its process on the right foot at least, and always have some say and have some involvement in it...
Before we finished the movie Scott and I had a discussion about the things we don't want to do, and spitballed just a couple of things that we would like to do given the opportunity, but it's all still theoretical stages - 'Oh, hey, wouldn't that be cool' - everyone's still waiting to see on the lifecycle of the movie how everything pans out before everybody jumps up and says, 'Yes! We must have a second one!'
Given Blumhouse's track record, it seems likely that there will be a second movie. The company already has Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Insidious: Chapter 2 in production, so don't be surprised if these two horrors are eventually joined by a follow-up that charts the further exploits of Bughuul. In fact, the nature of the villain indicates that several movies are possible. And if they're as effective as the first one, hell, I'm all for it.
Would you be up for a Sinister sequel?