Though a small release at the time, Michael Dougherty’s horror comedy anthology film “Trick ‘r Treat” has quickly gone on to become a cult classic in its own right – so much so sequel talk has been swirling for a few years.
Almost two years ago Dougherty himself revealed that development was finally underway on a follow-up, but then his next project “Krampus” took over his life. With that film set to open soon, the writer/director spoke with IGN this week about when we might actually get to see a “Trick ‘r Treat” sequel:
“It’s gonna happen. The tricky thing was, as we were announcing Trick ‘r Treat 2, I was finishing the screenplay for Krampus with my co-writers. It was just too tempting, to do Krampus. If we didn’t do it, someone else was going to, because the character just started peaking in popularity. Lo and behold, there are multiple Krampus projects in the works. The momentum just sort of picked us up and carried us off. Thats not to say that Trick ‘r Treat has not been simmering in the background, but I wanna get it right, I don’t wanna rush it.”
He says the basics of the sequel are laid out and was asked if survivors from the first film might make a return:
“Anything is possible. The skeleton, no pun intended, of the sequel is there, and right now, it’s really four different stories, with the exception of Sam, who serves as that intertwining limb. I do think it’s important that, if you’re new to Trick ‘r Treat, you can sit down and watch it without the baggage of the first one, but that’s not to say that we won’t have some threads that tie everything together, or maybe some characters from the first might show up.”
Legendary is putting out a “Trick ‘r Treat” graphic novel this Halloween which will tell four new stories and boast the return of Sam from the film. Speaking about that he says:
“We do have a comic book that’s coming out this October, which sort of acts as, I hate to use the word prequel, but it expands the universe a little bit, in that, we explore the long history of Halloween, before the first film. It’s four different stories, like the film, but one is set in ancient Ireland, one is 1950s Los Angeles, there’s one in the 1800s, in the Old West, and one that’s more contemporary, a more traditional Halloween. In those stories, we explore how Halloween was shaped and guided by Sam.”
Dougherty’s “Krampus” will hit cinemas on December 4th.