Following up on the success of horror comedy A HAUNTED HOUSE, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2, from Marlon Wayans and director Mike Tiddes, will go into production via IM Global’s Octane division today, it was announced by IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford.
Joining Wayans in the film are Gabriel Iglesias (Planes, Magic Mike), Jaime Pressly (I Love You Man, Not Another Teen Movie), and Ashley Rickards (Awkward, Gamer), who join returning cast members Essence Atkins (A Haunted House, Are We There Yet?), Affion Crockett (Soul Men, Never Back Down) and Dave Sheridan (Horrible Bosses, Scary Movie). On board as writers and producers are Wayans and Rick Alvarez, with IM Global’s Ford on board as an executive producer alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steve Squillante and Lisa Blum. Open Road, which scored a hit with A HAUNTED HOUSE, returns as the U.S. distributor with a March 2014 release planned.
Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!
Said Wayans: “We are putting together an incredible cast of comedy veterans and new faces that fit perfectly with the returning cast. It’s our goal to broaden and enhance the audience experience with even bigger comedy and fresh points of view. Can’t wait to get started!”
Said Ford, “Marlon, Mike and Rick have assembled a truly terrifying line up of comedic mavericks. I shudder to think what will happen on the set.”
Open Road Films’ CEO Tom Ortenberg stated, “We are thrilled to be on board with IM Global again for U.S. Distribution of A HAUNTED HOUSE 2. Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez are a force of nature and we are excited to work with them on yet another one of their hilarious adventures.” IM Global is a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA.
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