EXCLUSIVE: Sony’s Stage 6 Films has closed a deal for Will Merrick & Nick Johnson to make their directing debut on the sequel to the (*6*) hit movie Searching, a movie that can star John Cho and Debra Messing. The filmmakers served because the editorial staff on Aneesh Chaganty-directed Hulu thriller Run, in addition to the unique 2018 Searching, which Chaganty directed.
The hiring retains the inventive staff intact, albeit in new capacities. The movie is being produced by Natalie Qasabian, Chaganty, Sev Ohanian of Search Party, and digital filmmaking guru Timur Bekmambetov, who additionally produced the primary film. Jo Henriquez is govt producing and Congyu E is co-producing. Merrick and Johnson are writing the screenplay, based mostly on a narrative by Sev Ohanian and Chaganty. The objective is to begin manufacturing within the spring.
Searching 2‘s plot continues to be below wraps, however it’s going to function a brand new set of characters and an advanced (*6*) thriller format the place the story performs out on the screens of the characters’ gadgets. The unique starred Cho as a dad who breaks into his daughter’s laptop when she goes lacking, in a determined try to trace her down.
“With such restrictive visible parameters, a film like Searching 2 requires a contemporary visible type to separate it from the unique,” Chaganty mentioned. “I’ve contributed what I can to this rising sub-genre. But if there’s anybody on the planet with the potential to take it even additional, it is Nick and Will, who have been there from the start.”
Said Bekmambetov, who has pioneered the (*6*) motion that makes small price range movies that replicate the best way individuals see the world by means of their digital gadgets: “Searching is to this point essentially the most profitable film shot within the (*6*) format and the sequel is about to change into a brand new milestone. What appeared like an experimental approach a couple of years in the past has been given a momentum now with an increasing number of trade professionals turning to this digital filmmaking approach.”
Said Qasabian: “On Searching, Will and Nick pioneered a brand new visible language and pushed the boundaries of what editors might contribute to a movie. We are fortunate and past excited to be working with them of their new roles as writers and administrators on the sequel.”
Johnson & Merrick are USC grads who received their break because the editors and “administrators of digital pictures” on Searching. That movie was acquired by Sony at Sundance and launched internationally. Critics liked the enhancing and visible type and the movie grossed $75 million worldwide on a price range lower than $1 million.
Merrick & Johnson are repped by Peter Sample at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.