‘Happy Death Day 2’ Gets a 2019 Release Date and a Fantastic Title

     September 26, 2018

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Universal Studios and Blumhouse have finally set a Happy Death Day 2 release date, also unveiling the title for the horror sequel. The follow-up to the inventive 2017 film is officially called Happy Death Day 2U and will hit theaters on February 14, 2019. Yes indeed, the Happy Death Day sequel is a date movie! The film will be squaring off directly against 20th Century Fox’s new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix as well as the Warner Bros. comedy Isn’t It Romantic on Valentine’s weekend, so it’s a bit of a competitive debut date.

Christopher Landon returned to direct Happy Death Day 2, which also brings back Jessica Rothe in the lead role as a college student who gets murdered, only to find herself trapped in a Groundhog Day-like scenario where she keeps reliving the last day of her life over and over again until she finds the killer.

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Image via Blumhouse / Universal Pictures

Rothe previously told Collider, before filming on Happy Death Day 2 began, that the follow-up would be in the vein of Back to the Future:

“Chris has done this incredible thing where the sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything. I was really pleased to know that we weren’t just gonna be pushing all the buttons that people loved the first time, over and over again, ‘cause I think that gets old.”

The Happy Death Day sequel was shot on the downlow so we don’t know too much about it, but co-star Israel Broussard is back alongside Rothe, with Suraj Sharma and Sarah Yarkin serving as the newcomers in the cast. As a big fan of the fun and inventiveness of the first movie, I’m eager to check out this sequel.

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