Fede Alavrez and Sam Raimi Talk Don’t Breathe Sequel

Dread Central was one of a select few genre sites invited to participate in a special luncheon event – yeah, we said “luncheon” because the gala was held at the hoity-toity Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills – where the filmmakers behind the majorly successful film Don’t Breathe assembled to talk about its release on Blu-ray (coming 11/29). Producer Sam Raimi, co-writer Rodo Sayagues, and co-writer/director Fede Alvarez talked about that but were also very open to discussing their upcoming projects.

Alvarez’s next film is The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which is the follow-up to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But he’s already planning a sequel to Don’t Breathe.

Don’t Breathe 2 is something we definitely want to do. The challenge obviously is [that] we just don’t want to do the same movie again, slap a 2 on it, and call it a day. We’d feel so embarrassed if we did that,” Alvarez said. He also revealed he didn’t “definitely” want to do it at first. His and Sayagues’ initial reaction to being presented with doing a sequel to Don’t Breathe was, “That’s Hollywood! That’s the devil! We don’t want to make a sequel just because we can. But then we got an idea that we’re really excited about, and I won’t tell you what it is because it will spoil the whole thing.

Raimi added, “It’s only the greatest idea for a sequel that I’ve ever heard! I’m not kidding!

Only time will tell if Jane Levy and Stephen Lang will be back for Round 2. Lang and Alvarez are cool, but Levy and the auteur don’t always see eye-to-eye. More on that when we return with our in-depth report on the whole shebang.

Don’t Breathe Release Details:
From director Fede Alvarez and the twisted minds behind Evil Dead comes the terrifying, critically acclaimed DON’T BREATHE, debuting on digital November 8 and Blu-ray and DVD November 29 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Hailed as “the best American horror film in twenty years” (Jim Hemphill, Filmmaker Magazine) and Certified Fresh (87%) on Rotten Tomatoes, the film debuted at #1 at the box office and remained in the top spot for two weekends in a row. Starring Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps), Daniel Zovatto (It Follows), and Stephen Lang (Avatar), the film follows a group of thieves who break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. When the blind man reveals a dark side, the trio quickly discovers they were dead wrong.

The Blu-ray, DVD, and digital releases come loaded with bonus content that takes viewers behind the scenes of the filmmaking experience alongside the cast and crew. Director Fede Alvarez takes fans through five featurettes, including “No Escape,” “Creating the Creepy House,” “Meet the Cast,” “Man in the Dark,” and “The Sounds of Horror.” In addition, the releases include eight deleted scenes with optional Director’s Commentary and full feature commentary with Director Fede Alvarez, Co-Writer Rodo Sayagues, and Actor Stephen Lang.

Also from director Alvarez, EVIL DEAD UNRATED is now available on digital platforms. Fans will be able to see Fede’s unedited vision for the film with five additional minutes that were too intense for theaters. This also marks the first time Digital Extras will be available on Evil Dead.

Directed by Fede Alvarez and written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, DON’T BREATHE was produced by Sam Rami, Rob Tapert, and Fede Alvarez. The film was executive produced by Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, Erin Westerman, J.R. Young, and Mathew Hart.

Synopsis:
From the twisted minds behind Evil Dead comes a new terrifying experience. Three young thieves (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) fight for their lives after breaking into the home of a blind man (Stephen Lang) who has a dark side.

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary
  • Commentary with Director Fede Alvarez, Co-Writer Rodo Sayagues, and Actor Stephen Lang
  • Five Featurettes:
    • “No Escape”
    • “Creating the Creepy”
    • “Meet the Cast”
    • “Man in the Dark”
    • “The Sounds of Horror”

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