David Harbour’s Violent Night sequel (Violent Night 2) is happening, and the director has confirmed that it’s already in early development. In an interview with The Wrap, Violent Night director Tommy Wirkola tells the outlet that they are working on a sequel.
Violent Night was a surprise hit. It only had a budget of $20 million, but it exceeded expectations at the box office. The film did get mixed reviews, but in general, many did like the film. At the end, it got a worldwide box office return of $75.9 million. It was more than enough to get a sequel greenlit.
Back in November 2022, there were already plans in making a sequel. David Harbor even hoped that they could get Charlize Theron to take the role of Mrs. Clause. Of course, the filmmakers were hoping that the film would get even.
Wirkola has revealed in an interview with The Wrap that a sequel is already in early development. He said:
Yes. We’re talking about it and we’re just making deals and getting everything in order.
Violent Night 2 With David Harbour Is In Early Development
Although the director also said that they have no date to start shooting yet. They are still working on a script with the original screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller. Wirkola added:
We have time to really crack the script and figure out the story. And we have some ideas, me and Pat and Josh and the producers, we’ve been talking about where we want to take it and what we want to see.
The first film focused on Santa Claus just being his own version of John McClane from Die Hard, as he saves a family from mercenaries. It also revealed that he does have reindeer, but it did tell Claus’ backstory of being a Viking warrior and has lived for more than 1000 years.
The sequel could dive more into more traditional Santa Claus folklore and add more twists like the original film. The director continued:
There’s stuff we left on the floor like the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, the elves. But story-wise I think we have a really, really cool idea that expands on the world and scope, but still keeping that tone that we love from the first one.
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I am curious to see what the filmmakers would come up with in the next instalment. I do find it interesting that they made an action film using Santa Claus as the action hero. But it’s also interesting that even Santa himself doesn’t understand everything, and why is there some form of magic that keeps him alive?
To tell you the truth, the premise could have gone badly. But Tommy Wirkola’s films, even though some might not have high scores from critics, are in general, fun to watch.
I actually enjoyed his film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. Wirkola’s most recent film The Trip starring Noomi Rapace has received high praise from critics.
Violent Night did turn out better than David Harbor’s previous starring lead as Hellboy.
The home video of Violent Night was just released last January 24, 2023.
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