The Escape Room sequel has taken is final step toward release–and it’s not an R-rated stride.
Escape Room 2–which has played hide-and-seek with its premiere, from Apr. 17, 2020 to Jan. 7, 2022–this week received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association, as reported by comicbook.com, and so is officially ready for its (hopefully permanent) July 16 theatrical release.
The MPA rating was earned, as explained, by the film’s “violence, terror/peril and strong language.” Sounds like a solid horror sequel to us. The movie’s plot has been kept under lock and key until this point, but it’s safe to assume it will build on the successful scenario of the original.
Escape Room 2 from Sony Pictures is the brainchild of the same creative team that worked on the first movie–director Adam Robitel and screenwriters Maria Melnik and Bragi F. Schut. The cast includes two actors from the original–Logan Miller and Taylor Russell–along with newcomers Holland Roden, Indya Moore, Thomas Cocquerel, Carlito Olivero and Isabelle Fuhrman.
Robitel explained that, at the end of the day, the film’s storyline is about “strangers in a room getting killed. But it’s a tricky rope to walk. (In the first film), we did fire, we did ice, we did gravity, we did gas, so coming up with new ways to slice and dice the players is tricky. I can’t talk too much about it, but we have a cool way that I think will be exciting.”
The original Escape Room–which starred Miller, Russell, Jay Ellis and Tyler Labine–followed six strangers trapped in “a maze of deadly mystery rooms” who must “use their wits to survive a sadistic game of life and death.” The film was a big hit at the box office, grossing $156 million worldwide on a budget of just $9 million.
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