Violent Night 2 Is in the Works, Director Says

Violent Night 2 Is in the Works, Director Says

Ready your naughty and nice list, because another Violent Night is apparently on the way.

Violent Night director Tommy Wirkola said in an interview with The Wrap that he’s actively working on a sequel to the sleeper Christmas hit, which will also be written by returning duo Pat Casey and Josh Miller.

“We’re talking about it and we’re just making deals and getting everything in order,” Wirkola said.

Don’t put the cookies out just yet, however; the director added that “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.”

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Universal, the studio behind Violent Night, did not immediately respond to IGN’s request for comment.

Violent Night starred David Harbour as a crass, disheartened Santa who certainly knew how to throw a punch. An homage to the likes of Die Hard and Home Alone, it put a unique spin on Ol’ Saint Nick by delving into his backstory, something Wirkola says they hope to continue doing in the sequel.

“There’s stuff we left on the floor like the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, the elves,” he said. “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.”

Violent Night produced some solid box office results after being released last month, grossing $75 million worldwide on a relatively lean reported $20 million budget. IGN gave it a 7/10, with Matt Donato writing, “Violent Night might take a hot minute to find its footing and keeps plucking low-hanging wordplay sugar plums, but at full strength, nobody’s stopping Santa from making this year the reddest Christmas imaginable.”

Alex Stedman is News Editor for IGN. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her reading fantasy novels or playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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