‘Missing’ is a thriller about a teenage girl’s hunt for her missing mother, and it was written and directed by Will Merrick and Nick Johnson. Storm Reid, Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung, Amy Landecker, Daniel Henney, and Nia Long are among its cast members. The story centres on June Allen, a tech-savvy adolescent who looks for her mother Grace Allen when she vanishes and appears to be kidnapped while on vacation in Colombia. If you liked the unexpected turns and tight thriller, you might be interested in knowing if there will be a sequel. Allow us to share what we know about the potential for “Missing 2” in that case.
Will there be a Missing 2?
Following a premiere event on January 19, 2023, “Missing” was released in theatres on January 20, 2023. The original release date for the movie was set for February 24, 2023. Sony Pictures Releasing, who handled the distribution of the movie under their Screen Gems brand, shifted the release date, though. ‘Missing’ earned largely favourable reviews from reviewers and spectators after its debut. Although its performances and tempo were praised, the complicated plot and foregone conclusion earned harsh criticism. It had a respectable box office performance, earning $48.7 million against a projected $7 million budget.
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A sequel hasn’t been confirmed yet, despite the film receiving positive reviews and earning respectable box office revenues. Furthermore, the team’s creative minds have not yet indicated a desire to develop a fourth installment of the franchise. ‘Missing’ is referred to as the spiritual sequel to Aneesh Chaganty’s 2018 film ‘Searching,’ which he also wrote with Sev Ohanian. Both films are confirmed to be set in the same shared universe as Chaganty’s 2020 film “Run,” which he also directed from a script he co-wrote with Ohanian. ‘Missing’ was however directed by Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, who also worked on the editing for the first two installments in the series.
Merrick stated in an interview that he and his directorial partner wanted to leave the franchise and start a new endeavour. Despite the fact that nothing is ever off the table, we should probably move on from the screen-related activity. Something that is still novel and extremely dangerous. Probably another thriller,” Merrick told The Gate. In a similar vein, Chaganty and Ohanian have not ruled out the potential of a fourth entry in the franchise with a screen-themed motif.
A sequel will probably happen given the strong sense of camaraderie among the creative team and the favourable reviews of “Missing.” It’s unlikely that the film will be a straight continuation of “Missing,” though. Instead, the franchise’s fourth entry will carry on the tradition of tackling a brand-new story and exposing audiences to fresh characters and situations.
In “Missing,” viewers are introduced to “Unfiction,” a fake Netflix real crime series with episodes based on June and Grace Allen from “Missing,” David and Margot Kim from “Searching,” and other missing persons cases. As a result, it is likely that the following chapter will employ “Unfiction” as a framing technique to only tangentially link the film to the previous ones. In the end, a new film in the series appears inevitable considering the box office success of the last three entries. In the upcoming months, a fourth installment with the working titles “Missing: Part 2” or “Searching 3” might get the go-ahead. The untitled fourth film is projected to be released at some point in early 2025, assuming that development on the sequel begins in early 2024.
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