The Guest sequel? Adam Wingard considering a limited series follow-up

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

One of the best cult classics of the last ten years is director Adam Wingard's "Terminator meets Halloween" thriller The Guest (watch it HERE), which stars Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe and blends cool visuals with an excellent soundtrack. Wingard is currently doing press for Godzilla vs. Kong, and during a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter's Brian Davids he was asked, "How have there not been three The Guest movies by now? The Guest should be your John Wick-type franchise as far as I'm concerned."

Judging by Wingard's response, we shouldn't expect to see a follow-up to The Guest any time soon, but he did confirm that there have been talks about a sequel – and presents the idea that it could come in the form of a limited series. Wingard said, 

Well, the simple answer is that The Guest was a slow-burn cult classic. It’s a movie that was pretty largely unknown when it came out. It did well critically, but it didn’t really pick up until last year. During the pandemic, when it was re-released on Netflix, it really made a big splash with audiences finally. People finally started seeing it, and it was the number one movie on Netflix for a little bit. So, even though I don’t have a Guest sequel, [screenwriter] Simon [Barrett] and I have talked about it. We don’t have necessarily something that we’re excited about yet per se, but I’ve talked to Dan about it. Recently, I’ve seen Dan once a week, and we just hang out and chill. So we’ve talked about it a lot, but there’s nothing concrete. But I will say that we do have a very special Guest “sequel” that I’m working on in an unconventional way. It has to do with the music from The Guest, so there is going to be a big Guest thing coming up really soon that I think is going to thrill people. But no movies in the works just yet. There’s also a potential limited series down the line for it. Instead of doing a direct sequel to The Guest, we might do a limited series for it as a sequel. But again, it’s just not where our heads are at right now, so we’ll see."

Wingard and writer Simon Barrett do appear to be quite busy at the moment, as they recently signed on to collaborate on both a sequel to John Woo's Face/Off and a feature film based on the 1980s cartoon ThunderCats.

The Guest has the following synopsis: 

A string of mysterious deaths leads a teenager to become suspicious of a soldier (Dan Stevens) who showed up on her family's doorstep and claimed to be a friend of her dead brother.

Whenever Wingard gives further details on follow-up possibilities, we'll share them here on Arrow in the Head.

Source: THR

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