The Blackening 2 in preparation at Lionsgate

The blackening 2 is officially in the works, with Variety reporting that Lionsgate and MRC are developing a sequel from the writers of the original.

According to the report, Lionsgate and producer MRC have begun discussions with screenwriters Dewayne Perkins and Tracy Oliver, as well as producer E. Brian Dobbins, to work on a new film. It is not yet known if the film’s director, Tim Story, will be involved or if any of the actors from the original film will return.

During its first theatrical release, The Blackening grossed a total gross of $15 million. It also received positive reviews from critics, who praised the film’s sharp story and the cast’s excellent chemistry.

What is the blackening about?

“The horror comedy focuses on a group of black friends who gather for a weekend on Juneteenth and find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a twisted killer,” the synopsis reads. “Forced to respect his rules, the friends quickly realize that this is not a bitch’s game. The Blackening skewers genre tropes and asks the sardonic question: If the entire cast of a horror film is black, who dies first?

The Blackening is directed and produced by Tim Story from a screenplay co-written by Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins. The film stars Antoinette Robertson, Dewayne Perkins, Sinqua Walls, Grace Byers, X Mayo, Melvin Gregg, Jermaine Fowler, Yvonne Orji and Jay Pharoah.

The film is produced by Marcei A. Brown, Jason Clark, E. Brian Dobbins, Tracy Oliver, Tim Story and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, with Vicky Story serving as associate producer.

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