The guest writer Simon Barrett has confirmed that a sequel is coming, but that won’t be what fans expect from the first film. While teasing a few vague details about the project, Barrett assured fans that it will come from the same creatively unique place as The guest, and will therefore be very different from what they have in mind.
“I can give you a very concrete answer to that question, namely: we do something that has to do with it The guest. And it happens in concrete terms, but it is not a feature film or a comic book, because I think people expect that from us. And I guess that’s the thing that nobody really wants us to do ’cause I think if we really made it a feature film version The guest 2, or realistically, the graphic novel version would just be a cheaper version of trying to achieve the same thing in a narrative way. I think that could only disappoint people at this point, because people need to remember that same weird, quasi-original artistic sensibility that made me write The guest would continue to guide me with a guest follow up in the first place. “
The guest finds Dan Stevens as a mysterious man coming to visit the grieving family of an old army buddy. The family welcomes Stevens’ “David” into their home as they adjust to life without their son. The more time David spends with the family, the more he charms them and their community, but after a series of mysterious deaths, hints about his past begin to emerge and tease a terrible secret he keeps from everyone.
Barrett has now even hinted at his thinking behind The Guest 2, revealing that it would reunite audiences with Dan Stevens’ title character, but in a way that would show growth rather than simply sharing the same ideas from the first film. use.
“So I would probably do something perverse, and just that Dan’s character is the successful owner of a local hardware store and the whole story is about dealing with a difficult supplier, but in a totally legal and healthy way, because he’s fully grown. as a person. “
While this direction may seem surprising, even disappointing at first, it could actually be a very interesting and potentially hilarious way to continue the story of Steven’s amoral soldier, David Collins. Regardless of whether Barrett chooses this particular idea or not, don’t expect it The guest 2 to revive David’s story with the same shoot-outs and explosions as the first time, as Barrett sounds adamant that the sequel will not follow in the footsteps of The guestbut will instead walk its own path.
“So we’ll never do it like, The guest 2. Because I just don’t think … The guest was just never intended to have such a sequel. At this point, however, enough people have asked us, that Adam and I of course have inevitably had enough conversations about what we would hypothetically do, that we have now developed a lot of ideas that we have become very attached to. because we think they are really good. “
While Barrett does not reveal exactly what exactly this sequel that actually happens is, he does offer some insight into what the audience can expect by saying, “There will certainly be one thing that tells you what the further adventures of Dan Stevens’ character and Maika Monroe’s character and Brendan Meyer’s character, what they could have been. And then we’ll see if it leads to anything concrete, but we’re not going to exploit any of our fans and we’re not going to ruin anything. ”
He continued, referring to the first film initially dubbed a failure before following a passionate cult that sparked calls for a sequel. “Because I think that’s the easiest thing for filmmakers to do, especially if you have a movie like The Guest, which we initially thought was a failure. And then we gradually became convinced that it was a success.” he said. “I think it’s really easy, especially in that situation, to want to double that success. Or because it’s so satisfying, especially when it feels a bit hindsight, and you’re so excited you were right, your story was good and you want to do more of it. “
The flip-flop from failure to success is one of the main reasons Barrett is approaching The guest continue so carefully. He has now had the experience of both extremes and is well aware that the latter could go to his head creatively, as he believes it often happens to others, which would be disrespectful to the fanbase running the film from the start. supported.
“I think that’s an easy mistake for filmmakers to fill in is this idea of, ‘Oh, I did this thing and people liked it. So I should do more of it, in a direct way.’ I think you really have to be careful that you have that fandom, especially with a movie like The guest, it is a precious thing. And people love The guest, I think partially, because there is none The guest 2, and we didn’t screw it up. And it’s this one-of-a-kind movie that stands on its own and doesn’t really feel like it should exist because it doesn’t make financial sense to exist. And that’s true, which is also difficult about making a sequel. Is, The Guest has not made any money. “
Indeed, making franchise movies can sometimes be a curse if not approached correctly, and Barrett is determined not to fall into that trap.
“I think you have to be very careful. I think it’s really easy to say, ‘Oh, the fans want The guest 2, let’s give it to them, “but as an artist, that can really be a self-indulgent thing,” said Barrett. “I think it’s better to say, ‘Okay, the fandom’s claim – there are a few people who claim to be fans of The Guest who want the sequel. How can you respect that and give them something?’ but don’t disappoint them and don’t disappoint them? “And that’s a real challenge, and I think we have a cool answer, but we’ll see. People might be really pissed off.”
Here’s the hope, whatever Barrett has in mind The guest 2, it eventually becomes the unique, creative, respectful project he wants it to be … even if it pisses people off. This is from Comicbook.com.
Subjects: The Guest