According to Deadline, Universal and Blumhouse have officially announced The Black Phone 2, setting a release date for June 27, 2025. This decision follows the enormous success of the original movie, which earned an impressive $90 million domestically and $161 million worldwide, particularly impressive as it coincided with audiences gradually returning to theaters post-pandemic. The film remarkably maintained its popularity, staying in the top 10 movies at the box office for seven consecutive weeks, even without ever securing the number one spot.
The Black Phone 2 has been announced with a release date of June 27, 2025.
No plot details have been disclosed for The Black Phone 2, but in the original film, a teenager named Finney (Mason Thames) is kidnapped by a sadistic killer known as The Grabber (Ethan Hawke) and finds himself trapped in a soundproof basement. Inside the basement, Finney discovers a disconnected black phone on the wall, which allows him to communicate with The Grabber’s previous victims. These spirits guide Finney, providing him with crucial information to help him outsmart The Grabber and attempt to escape.
The possibilities for The Black Phone 2 are endless, as the original movie left many unanswered questions and open-ended scenarios that could be explored in the sequel.
The Black Phone not only enjoyed commercial success but also garnered positive reception from critics and audiences alike. The film holds a commendable 81 percent approval rating from critics and an even higher 88 percent from viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. While some believe that the movie could have taken its fright factor up a notch, the consensus is that it stands as an entertaining and well-acted adaptation of its chilling source material.
The first movie was directed by Scott Derrickson, known for his work on Sinister and Doctor Strange, and was based on a screenplay he co-wrote with C. Robert Cargill, adapted from a short story by Joe Hill. While there is no word on whether this creative team will reunite for The Black Phone 2, Derrickson has expressed interest in a sequel during various interviews. He has stipulated that his return is contingent upon Ethan Hawke reprising his role.
The possibilities for The Black Phone 2 are endless, as the original movie left many unanswered questions and open-ended scenarios that could be explored in the sequel. One intriguing possibility is delving into the backstory of The Grabber and what led him to become the monster that he is. Another potential direction could be to focus on the spirits of The Grabber’s previous victims, exploring their stories and how they came to be trapped in the afterlife, tethered to the black phone.
The Black Phone 2 is a surprise as few people expected the original to be a commercial hit, earning $161 million worldwide.
Another option for The Black Phone 2 could be to follow Finney as he grapples with the trauma of his harrowing experience and the aftermath of his escape. The sequel could explore the psychological toll the ordeal has taken on him and how it has affected his relationships with those around him. This direction would provide an opportunity for a deeper exploration of Finney’s character and the impact that trauma can have on a person’s life.
Whichever direction The Black Phone 2 takes, the anticipation from fans is palpable, fueled by the resounding success of its predecessor. The Black Phone has established high expectations for its sequel, challenging the creators, be they the original team or a new lineup, to meet the demands of its audience. There’s no doubt that The Black Phone 2 holds the potential to replicate the success of the first film, continuing the spine-chilling narrative that captivated viewers worldwide.