Escape Room may have given us some of that tired old Saw and Cube tropes without pleasing off the critics, but it did perform quite well at the box office for what it was worth.
Escape Room amassed a total of $120 million worldwide from a supposed $9m budget. That’s quite the feat to scale and is enough to warrant a sequel, which Columbia Pictures has already agreed to.
As a matter of fact, director Adam Robitel has already confirmed the filming for Escape Room 2 as he is set to return as director as confirmed by Hollywood Reporter. Aside from this, Robitel will also be joined by writer of the original film Bragi F Schut as well as producer Neal H Moritz.
But what other news can we expect of the sequel in the meantime? Well, that’s what we’re here to talk about today.
Deadline confirmed on February 2019 that development for Escape Room 2 was officially underway and that it has set a target date for April 17, 2020. This release window makes sense since that’s usually the time when blockbuster summer has been kicking off for the last couple of years. Still, it’s not enough to prevent Escape Room 2 from making a lot of money like its predecessor.
From how the first movie closed off, only two of the six people who went into the escape room made it out alive, including Zoey (Taylor Russell) a shy student and Ben (Logan Miller), a grocery store worker.
Therefore, you shouldn’t get your hopes up for a reprisal from guys like Deborah Ann Woll’s (Daredevil) Amanda Harper or Tyler Labine’s (Reaper) Mike Nolan, unless the sequel surprises us that they somehow managed to leave the escape room with their lives intact.
Other than that, the casting for Escape Room 2 is pretty much up in the air.
*Major Spoilers from the First Movie*
To recap what transpired in the original movie, we saw six people from varying backgrounds (Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Nik Dodani, Jay Ellis and Tyler Labine) find themselves mysteriously invited to try out a seemingly interesting and immersive escape room that was built like a game of sorts. The person who crosses over to the other side would win and walk away with a large sum of money.
Everything seemed fine until the strangers learned that there was something sinister and deadly about these puzzles. Eventually, one after another, they are picked off and sent to different themed rooms, with each of them challenging their minds and exploring the traumas embedded in the memories of their past.
In the end, only Zoey (Taylor Russell) and Ben (Logan Miller) managed to make it out alive of the horrific game. Then six months later, after the authorities couldn’t find any evidence relating to the escape room, Zoey finds out about the location of the company responsible for the escape room. After that, Zoey and Ben fly over to New York to confront the entity behind the escape room. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worst as it looks like the plane has turned into a deadly new escape game.
Now from the looks of it, it seems as if the sequel is going to pick up on the last scene, hopefully. Even if the escape room doesn’t turn out to be the plane itself, there are still a wide range of possibilities.
As for a proper plot or synopsis for the sequel, nothing has been revealed so far by Sony yet.
Since there is no report about the filming of the film yet, we can only assume that it hasn’t gotten underway for now. Therefore, there is no trailer for the sequel at the moment. But seeing as how we’re getting an April 2020 release, there’s bound to be footage of the film sometime soon.