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‘The Blackening’ Is Receiving the Sequel Treatment

The Blackening Sequel

The Horror-Comedy's Sequel Is in the Works

The possibility of a new horror franchise is upon us.

A sequel to the 2022 horror-comedy film The Blackening is currently in development at MRC and Lionsgate. The studio has entered talks with Dewayne Perkins and Tracy Oliver, the writers of the first movie, and E. Brian Dobbins, who served as the film’s producer. With a reported production budget of $5 million and earning $18.5 million, a sequel seemed inevitable, as film studios have recently begun seeking out horror intellectual properties in the hopes of stirring up a successful franchise. 


Directed by Tim Story and written by Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins, The Blackening follows a group of seven friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. They suddenly find themselves pitted against a killer with a vendetta against the group, forcing them to lean on their knowledge of horror movies to stay alive.

The film starred Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, X Mayo, Dewayne Perkins, Antoinette Robertson, and Sinqua Walls. Having its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2022, it had its theatrical release in the United States on June 16, 2023, to coincide with Juneteenth.The film received extensive praise from critics. 

The Blackening Sequel

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In an interview with Variety, Oliver explained how the success of The Blackening had been empowering. “I keep telling the cast and other writers, there’s money out there. $3 million is a lot easier to come by than $20-$50 million. We don’t have to necessarily wait for a studio to say “yes” anymore. For a black person, that’s inspiring.” 

Information regarding the sequel is scarce, including casting, a director, and plot details, but Perkins has shared how he visualizes the sequel. He’s hoping the franchise could lean more toward a Scary Movie-esque way instead of Knives Out, where each film involves introducing a new cast of characters. 

“Same group, sprinkle in some new people,” Perkins stated. “I feel like we’ve got something good, and I love the dynamic, but fresh blood always turns things up a little bit.” 

The Blackening is now available to rent through iTunes, Vudu, Amazon, and Google Play.

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Mason Kupiainen is a recent Butler University graduate with a degree in Creative Media and Entertainment. His work has been published in Butler Collegiate, The Mall, and Byte BSU. Along with written work, he has a videography portfolio with Indy Blue Video, Byte BSU, and Ball Bearings.
Elisabeth joined Dead Talk News in 2022 and loves movies and TV! After working for various sites, including Screen Rant and Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Elisabeth joined DTN to critique and review various movies, from horror flicks to Disney live-actions.