With a budget of just $4.5 million, A24’s Talk to Me has already had massive success at the box office. The cult horror flick brought in $10.4 million on opening weekend alone. And now the film has already made more than $36.5 million worldwide. With such early success, it’s no surprise that a Talk to Me sequel is already in the works.
IMDB Pro already notes that directors Danny and Michael Philippou are in pre-production on the project, currently titled Talk 2 Me. Both Danny and Michael are writing the screenplay together, with A24 backing the project as the production company and distributor. Additionally, IMDB Pro lists the sequel as having the same budget as the first film.
Talk to Me tells the story of Mia (Sophie Wilde) as she becomes entangled in the supernatural after participating in a seance using an embalmed hand that is said to be able to connect people with spirits. Users who touch the hand for no more than 90 seconds will experience a drug-like high. However, there are risks associated with staying connected for longer.
The movie, which was shot in Australia, also starred Alexandra Jensen as Jade, Joe Bird as Riley, Otis Dhanji as Daniel, Miranda Otto as Sue, Zoe Terakes as Hayley, and Chris Alosio as Joss.
This isn’t the first news of a Talk to Me sequel
This isn’t the first news of a Talk to Me sequel. Danny Philippou had previously teased the possibility, noting that they had numerous scenes left over that they could work with.
Speaking to Deadline, Danny notes, “Because I was writing it for so long and we were redrafting and redrafting, you just can’t help but start writing other scenes, scenes of different people experiencing the hands, continuing on these characters’ story.”
“So, there’s scenes for a sequel, yeah,” he adds.
The cold opening of the movie introduces the characters of Cole and Duckett, played by Ari McCarthy and Sunny Jackson. Duckett becomes possessed and becomes increasingly violent. There was already a whole prequel filmed based on their story. And Danny would love to see that released one day.
“We actually shot an entire Duckett prequel already,” Danny tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s told entirely through the perspective of mobile phones and social media. So maybe down the line, we can release that.”