By Anthony D’Alessandro
February 25, 2019
In the wake of Columbia Pictures amassing close to $119 million at the worldwide box office off the $9M horror feature Escape Room, the studio is moving forward on the development of a sequel, Deadline has learned.
The studio on Monday set an April 17, 2020 release date for the sequel, which Adam Robitel will return to direct along with returning writer Bragi F. Schut and producer Neal H. Moritz.
Escape Room followed six strangers who find themselves in a maze of deadly rooms, and must use their wits to find the clues or die. Plot details for Escape Room 2 are being kept under wraps.
The first film, which stars Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis and Tyler Labine, opened at No. 2 at the January 4-6 weekend box office amidst heavy post-holiday competition with $18.2M, beating its $10M-$14M tracking estimates. Escape Room currently counts $56.1M at the domestic B.O. and $62.5M abroad, with several territories left to open.
The film opened in China on January 18 to $8.5M and went on to take in $34.2M in the territory.
Sony also Monday officially titled Columbia Pictures’ Zombieland sequel — now titled Zombieland 2: Double Tap and still set for an October 11, 2019 release — and staked out an April 10, 2020 release for an untitled AFFIRM Films Coach Project from its faith-based label.
Robitel is repped by CAA and attorney Rob Szymanski.
Schut is repped by Verve, Realm, and attorney Rob Szymanski.