Michael Dougherty Updates on “Really Great” Script for ‘Trick ‘r Treat 2’

It has been a year since our last bit of news on a much anticipated sequel to the modern Halloween classic Trick ‘r Treat, but now writer and director Michael Dougherty has provided an update, confirming that Trick ‘r Treat 2 is still in active development, and revealing some of the team members that he has assembled to bring Sam back to to life and the current status of new movie.

After letting us all know that Trick ‘r Treat 2 is still in “very active development” at Beyond Fest one year ago, in October 2022, Dougherty offered some new comments and an exciting update when speaking at Scary Perri’s Horror Series following a screening of the original film this past Saturday night in Los Angeles, as first reported by Collider.

During a Q&A at the event, Dougherty re-confirmed that the sequel remains in active development, but then went so far as to tease some early drafts of the script. “I will say this, because we said it last year at the Beyond Fest screening, the sequel is in active development with Legendary,” Dougherty said. “I’ll go so far as to say that we have several drafts of a script. I brought back the same storyboard artist… (from the original Trick ‘r Treat), Simeon Wilkins, so we have a stack of storyboards, and a good fat stack of concept art done by Breehn Burns (also from the original film) as well. So it’s inching along.”

Dougherty continued, acknowledging how long the sequel has been in development and revealing he’s working with his Krampus co-writers, stating, “I’m hoping to talk to Legendary. They’ve been wonderful, like great collaborators. But so much of it is timing, and as you know, we just got out of a strike, so the next step, fingers crossed, would be looking at budget, of course, schedule, and all the rest. But we have a really, really great script for a sequel. And I brought in my co-writers from Krampus to do it with me. So Zach Shields and Todd Casey who did Krampus with me also helped me write Trick ‘r Treat Part 2.”

Trick ‘r Treat 2 was previously officially announced back in 2013, but was later put on hold so Dougherty could make Krampus for Legendary, which he then followed up with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, also for Legendary.

The film tells five interwoven stories that all take place in the same town on the same Halloween Night, introducing the lovable spirit of Halloween in the iconic character known simply as Sam.

Stay tuned for more news on Trick ‘r Treat 2 and the big screen return of Sam as this project continues to develop.

Related: Watch our 2022 interview Trick ‘r Treat‘s Sam himself, Quinn Lord here!

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.