This is a live article and it will be updated as new details about Smile 2 come our way. This is what we know so far.
Paramount initially planned to release "Smile" digitally, but due to its surprising popularity with test audiences, the studio decided to release it in theaters instead. This strategic move not only led to better box office results but also paved the way for a sequel. After the phenomenal success of the original "Smile" movie, Paramount has given the green light for its sequel, "Smile 2," which is expected to hit theaters in 2024. Here's a sneak peek of what we might expect when the dreaded Smile Entity makes its chilling return.
Get ready for more spine-tingling horror as "Smile 2" is scheduled for release on October 18, 2024, roughly two years after the original movie left audiences captivated and terrified. Although details are sparse, there is a lot of curiosity about who will confront the demonic Smile Entity this time around. Director Parker Finn, who was initially hesitant about a sequel, appears to have found a new direction worth exploring. The confirmation of "Smile 2" in April 2023, following the original's runaway success, has left fans and critics alike eagerly anticipating another masterful horror experience.
The original "Smile" delved deep into themes of grief and trauma, ending on a shockingly high note, hinting at a sequel possibly centered around Joel. "Smile 2" could potentially follow Joel as he attempts to escape the same cursed fate as Rose, further investigating the Smile phenomenon. Alternatively, director Parker Finn's interest in creating something fresh suggests we might see a prequel or a spin-off that broadens the Smile universe. The sequel's direction remains a compelling mystery, with endless storytelling possibilities.
Given the fate of Sosie Bacon’s character, Rose, in "Smile," it's doubtful she'll reprise her role. However, other cast members like Kyle Gallner (Joel), Jesse T. Usher (Trevor), and Gillian Zinser (Holly) might return to grapple with the aftermath of the first film. And of course, what's a horror sequel without its monster? Marti Matulis might just reappear as the terrifying Smile Monstrosity.