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By Jitin Gambhir

The Boogeyman Director Has the ‘Best Idea’ for a Sequel


The Boogeyman, the latest horror film based on a Stephen King story, is currently screening in cinemas. Despite tough competition from big-budget studio productions like The Little Mermaid, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the horror movie has held its ground, earning nearly $40 million at the box office and counting. It remains to be seen whether these numbers will result in a sequel being commissioned.


If a sequel to The Boogeyman does come to fruition, director Rob Savage is all set with a concept in mind. In an interview with Horror Geek Life, Savage discussed the possibility of a follow-up film. He revealed that not only does he have an excellent idea for a sequel, but 20th Century executives are also “excited” about it. As Savage explains, whether it gets the green light will depend on the final box office numbers of The Boogeyman:

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“We have the best idea for a sequel, and we’ll see if the numbers make sense and if we get to do it. But me and Mark Heyman, who wrote the movie, have been playing with this idea. We took it to the studio, and the studio’s excited about it. It’s playing in a whole different kind of horror space.”

Savage then hinted that this concept could serve as a stand-alone film if its connections to The Boogeyman were removed. However, he prefers the project to remain linked to the original film, as it could enrich the story’s mythology in a much more “special” way.

“It connects to this movie, and it deepens the mythology of this movie. But it’s playing in a horror space that I haven’t seen for a long time. I think it’s a really great, terrifying sequel that I’d be excited to direct, even if it weren’t in the Boogeyman universe. But its connection to this movie makes it special. So hopefully, we get to do that — fingers crossed. But we’ve got something exciting if that does happen.”

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The Boogeyman Pushes the Boundaries of Its PG-13 Rating

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The Boogeyman has surprised some moviegoers with certain scenes that pushed the boundaries of its PG-13 rating. In the HGL interview, Savage was asked about a shocking moment near the start of the film and what happens at the climax of the video game sequence. He revealed he was surprised that those scenes didn’t need to be edited to maintain the PG-13 rating, and was pleased that the MPAA had no objections.

“Those were the two things that I thought we would never, ever get past the MPAA. They didn’t have an issue with either, weirdly.”

The Boogeyman, based on the Stephen King short story, was written by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, and Mark Heyman. The film stars Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, and David Dastmalchian. It is currently screening in cinemas.


For director Rob Savagehe’s all set to go with an idea in mind if The Boogeyman 2 ends up coming to fruition. Speaking about the film in an interview with Horror Geek LifeSavage addressed the potentiality of a sequel happening. He said that not only is there a great idea for a follow-up film, but 20th Century execs are said to be “excited” about it as well. Whether that gets greenlit depends upon the final numbers for The Boogeyman at the box office, as Savage explains:

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“We have the best idea for a sequel, and we’ll see if the numbers make sense and if we get to do it. But me and Mark Heyman, who wrote the movie, have been playing with this idea. We took it to the studio, and the studio’s excited about it. It’s playing in a whole different kind of horror space.”

Savage then teases how this idea could potentially serve as a standalone film with its connections to The Boogeyman removed. With that said, he much prefers for this project to remain connected to The Boogeymanas it would be able to deepen that story’s mythology in a much more “special” way.

“It connects to this movie, and it deepens the mythology of this movie. But it’s playing in a horror space that I haven’t seen for a long time. I think it’s a really great, terrifying sequel that I’d be excited to direct, even if it weren’t in the Boogeyman universe. But its connection to this movie makes it special. So hopefully, we get to do that — fingers crossed. But we’ve got something exciting if that does happen.”

Related: Why The Boogeyman Is the Perfect PG-13 Horror Film


The Boogeyman Pushes the Boundaries of Its PG-13 Rating

The Boogeyman
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The Boogeyman has also been surprising some filmgoers with certain scenes that they were able to get away with, despite the PG-13 rating. In the HGL interview, Savage is asked about a shocking moment near the start of the film along with what happens at the climax of the video game sequence. He says he was surprised that those scenes didn’t need to be snipped to maintain the PG-13 rating, pleasantly surprised that the MPAA didn’t have a word to say about them.

“Those were the two things that I thought we would never, ever get past the MPAA. They didn’t have an issue with either, weirdly.”

The Boogeymanbased on the Stephen King short story, was written by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, and Mark Heyman. The film stars Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, and David Dastmalchian. It is now playing in theaters.

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