It’s officially official! A24 has greenlit the sequel to Talk to Me, the supernatural surprise hit of the summer that further proves horror thrillers are still alive and well (taking in over $22 million domestically). Filmmakers Danny and Michael Philippou will return to direct the new film, titled Talk 2 Me. Danny Philippou is writing the screenplay with Bill Hinzman (both wrote the original film, based on an idea by Daley Pearson).
While it is unknown if the sequel will continue with characters from Talk to Me or follow new characters in a new environment, according to an interview with TheWrap, the filmmakers have created a lengthy “mythology bible” exploring the lore of the film – including where the haunted hand, which teenagers in the first film use to open a doorway to a spirit world, actually came from.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmakers had filmed a prequel. “We actually shot an entire Duckett prequel already. It’s told entirely through the perspective of mobile phones and social media, so maybe down the line we can release that,” Danny Philippou said. “But also while writing the first film, you can’t help but write scenes for a second film. So there’s so many scenes. The mythology was so thick, and if A24 gave us the opportunity, we wouldn’t be able to resist. I feel like we’d jump at it.”
Talk to Me is produced by Causeway Films’ Samantha Jennings and Kristina Ceyton. The film joins A24 horror franchises like Ti West’s X trilogy, with the upcoming film MaXXXine starring Mia Goth, Halsey, Elizabeth Debicki, Moses Sumney, Michelle Monaghan, Bobby Cannavale, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito and Kevin Bacon.