“Sinister” and “Doctor Strange” filmmaker Scott Derrickson had great success with his critically acclaimed 2022 horror thriller “The Black Phone”.

The movie saw Mason Thames playing a young teenager abducted by a child killer in a suburban neighborhood and locked in a soundproof basement. He begins to get calls on a disconnected rotary phone from his deranged captor’s previous victims, all trying to help him to figure out a way to escape before he becomes the next one.

In October came the news that a sequel was on the way with Derrickson and his co-writer C. Robert Cargill returning to write the follow-up and would also produce alongside Jason Blum.

What wasn’t so clear was if Derrickson would return to direct. Back in October, he told ComicBook.com: “It’s possible. It’s not a definite thing,” before adding “I wouldn’t make a Black Phone sequel without Ethan [Hawke]. I don’t think there’d be any point in doing that.”

Last month Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies and Miguel Mora were all confirmed to be returning to the cast.

This week, out promoting “Night Swim,” Blumhouse Productions producer Ryan Turek appears to have confirmed Derrickson is coming back to direct, telling the same outlet: “Yeah, Scott’s coming back. I think it’s too early to talk about anything else regarding that, but yeah [Derrickson’s returning].”

“The Black Phone” scored very good reviews from critics and audiences, and became not just one of the success stories of last summer, but one of the most profitable films of last year – taking in $161 million worldwide from a budget of around 10% of that.

“The Black Phone 2” has already set a theatrical release of June 27th 2025.

Source: ComicBook.com

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