Fall, the survival thriller that became a critical and commercial hit for Lionsgate in 2022, is set to become a franchise, with Capstone Studios having green lit two sequels.
Scott Mann, who directed and co-wrote the original movie, will return to produce both sequels as well as co-write and direct the third film of the trilogy. The new films will reunite producers Mark Lane and James Harris of Tea Shop Productions (47 Meters Down), Capstone’s Christian Mercuri, David Haring (Bill and Ted Face the Music), and Mann via the Flawless banner. Dan Asma, John Long, and Roman Viaris will also return as executive producers. Capstone CEO Mercuri will finance both sequels, with Fall 2 set to begin shooting in June 2024. Capstone Global will handle worldwide rights.
“These two new sequels are wonderful opportunities to expand on the original. We want to now take the franchise even further as we assemble the very best team and ideas to ensure the next hair-raising, death defying and pulse pounding film to global audiences,” said Mercuri.
“I am thrilled to be continuing the Fall journey and taking it to the next level,” added Mann. “We’ve got a really special cinematic experience planned and I’m immensely grateful to my fellow producers for backing the vision. I’m also excited to be working with new collaborators as well as reuniting with the original gang, and obviously can’t wait to be back filming thousands of feet up.”
Fall 2 and Fall 3 will bring back original characters from the first film, while also leaving room for new ones to be introduced. The first followed two best friends — played by Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner — who climb 2,000 feet to the top of an abandoned radio tower and find themselves stranded with no way down. Their expert climbing skills are put to the test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights.
The original film was a surprise runaway critical and commercial success, hitting number one in several countries around the world and earning over $20 million at the box office with a $3 million budget. It was recently nominated as best foreign film for a Golden Rooster, China’s equivalent of the Oscars. The original film also leveraged the technology TrueSync from Flawless, the company of which Mann is co-CEO that is working in the AI space and was used to change expletives spoken in the film by Gardner to more family-friendly language.
Mann is represented by Robert Newman at WME.
This story originally appeared on HollywoodReporter