STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment have today announced The Boy 2, a follow up to 2016 horror-thriller The Boy, which starred Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, Phone Booth, Ray Donovan) will headline the cast in the role of Liza. William Brent Bell (The Boy, The Devil Inside) will return to direct the sequel.
Principal photography will begin in Victoria, British Columbia on January 14, 2019. In the sequel, unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into the estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.
Written by the same writer, Stacey Menear, The Boy 2 will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid, as well as Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.
William Brent Bell’s The Boy was produced for under $15 million and grossed $68 million worldwide.
Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi commented, “Following the success of The Boy, we are thrilled to be working on the next chapter of this chilling Brahms story with Stacey and William. We are also delighted to be continuing our relationship with STX, on this, our third partnership.”
STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment previously collaborated on Pierre Morel’s action-thriller Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner, and the romantic drama Adrift, starring Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley. STX Entertainment, which is co-producing with Lakeshore, will distribute in the US, while jointly handling international sales with Lakeshore.