While it seems like forever ago at this rate, the sci-fi-tinged Happy Death Day 2 U came out just last February to at least some success, although it only grossed around half of what its predecessor did at the box office. These statistics seemed to put the hopes of the third part of a trilogy on thin ice, and that was before the world came to an ass-grinding halt. Given Blumhouse’s output this year, including the four-film Welcome to the Blumhouse and the upcoming Freaky, it would seem that the final chapter in the saga of the time-paradoxical Tree Gelbman isn’t high on the list of priorities at the upstart studio.
Or is it?
While promoting the aforementioned Welcome to the Blumhouse collection, producer and studio namesake Jason Blum indicated that we may not be done with Tree after all. He indicated that "it's a trilogy. I've got to make the third one," and if the head of the studio has spoken it unto the universe (or Universal, as it were), well, maybe we’re on something. Blum goes on to say that director Christopher Landon, who also directs the upcoming Freaky, is on board to do another Happy Death Day.
Where one hiccup comes in is the deal that Blumhouse has with Universal Pictures. Says Blum, "That's a perfect [premium video-on-demand] movie," Blum explained. "Universal has this agreement--17 days in the theater. The same as Freaky, 17 days in a theater and then [it] goes to PVOD. We should make Happy Death Day 3 for that system. I mean, if that movie isn't right for it, I don't know what is. So that's what it would be."
Freaky is slated for release on Friday, November 13th, while the next two films of the Welcome to the Blumhouse collection will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video tomorrow, October 13th. A further four films from this collection are slated for a 2021 release.