The search will go on!
Courtesy of Deadline, Sony’s Stage 6 Films is currently in development on a follow-up to their smash Sundance acquisition Searching, a thriller that unfolds entirely on a computer screen and sees a father’s desperate race against time to locate his missing teenage daughter. The film is the current poster child for producer Timur Bekmambetov’s new sub-genre of film, which he refers to as “Screenlife;” however, the format also made beaucoup bucks thanks to the 2015 horror hit Unfriended.
Searching proved to be a bargain for the studio, who purchased the world rights to the film for $5 million after it played at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Sony released the film later that year and it went on to amass $75 million globally. According to the report, Stage 6 Films still needs to come up with a plot and a cast for the sequel; however, the original creative team is expected to return to figure it all out.
Searching is directed by Aneesh Chaganty and starring John Cho and Debra Messing.
What do you make of this news? Did you enjoy Searching? Would you check out a sequel if given the chance? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!