When Sinister 2 was on the verge of release in August of 2015, writer/director Scott Derrickson hoped to continue the franchise indefinitely. He told CinemaBlend.com during a set visit:
“I’d like there to be ten of them, but it really depends on how this turns out and how it does. The reason the script took so long was because both [co-screenwriter C.Robert] Cargill and I have seen so many horror franchises – you know, we’re really familiar with how they tend to work and what the bad tendencies are. And so we were both really committed to writing the kind of horror sequel we would like to see, and that proved to be a lot more difficult than I think either of us were expecting.”
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More than a year later during a live Facebook chat (organized by MoviePilot.com) with Blumhouse founder and indie maverick Jason Blum a fan inquired about the status of Sinister 3; the news couldn’t be worse for fans of the Sumerian demon Bughuul (aka Mr. Boogie):
“There is no Sinister 3. We didn’t do well enough with ‘Sinister 2.’ Not enough people went to see ‘Sinister 2’ to make Sinister 3, which is really sad. One of things that I get asked a lot is: ‘What are your professional regrets?’ Obviously I have a lot of regrets professionally. Every movie we make, some of them are great, some of them are less great, of course. Sometimes the movies work because of the movies, sometimes it’s the marketing; it’s a complicated thing.”
This event actually took place almost a year ago, but I somehow missed it, meaning this news of Sinister’s demise is new to me. Since I try to keep my ear close to the ground, I figured many Horror Freak News readers may have missed the memo as well. Props to Karli Lawson at PopHorror.com for putting this news on my radar.
While the Sinister franchise wasn’t perfect, it had oodles of potential. The mouthless Mr. Boogie (played by Nicholas King), who always wears a stylish black suit, was one of the 21st Century’s most promising new icons. Knowing we’ve seen the last of the fiend is pretty depressing.
What are your thoughts on the untimely demise of Mr. Boogie and the Sinister franchise? Sound off in the Comments section.
And check out the trailers and synopses from Sinister parts 1 & 2 below.
Official Synopsis: True-crime writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) is in a slump; he hasn’t had a best seller in more than 10 years and is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims’ home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.
Official Synopsis: Hiding from her abusive, estranged husband, Courtney Collins lives in a rural house with her 9-year-old twins, Dylan and Zach. Young Dylan receives nightly visits from ghoulish kids who show him disturbing images of families being slaughtered. It’s all part of the grand plan of Bughuul, the evil spirit who recruits innocent children to murder their loved ones. The only hope for his intended new victims may be a former deputy who’s familiar with Bughuul’s fiendish work from the past.