Parker Finn to direct sequel to his 2022 horror hit Smile

The film, originally set for streaming, was a huge theatrical hit

Caitlin Stasey in Paramount Pictures Presents in Association with Paramount Players A Temple Hill Production "SMILE."

Rising filmmaker Parker Finn will be back at the helm of a Smile sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The newcomer has signed a multiyear, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures that will encompass a number of horror projects Parker will write, direct and produce. Among them, a sequel to last year’s surprise hit Smile, which grossed $216 million.

“Smile’s breakthrough success is a testament to Parker’s unique and fresh filmmaking, and we are thrilled that he will make Paramount his home,” said Paramount president and CEO Brian Robbins in a statement.

“Parker knows how to keep people on the edge of their seat and we’re happy that we get to keep scaring audiences together,” said Paramount’s motion picture group co-presidents Michael Ireland and Daria Cercek.

It’s unknown whether the Smile sequel is Finn’s next project.

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