Sony’s 2016 film Don’t Breathe was a sleeper hit in the horror genre that was produced by horror legend Sam Raimi (also of 2004’s Spider-Man 2 fame). The film grossed over $157 million from a mere budget of $10 million.
Don’t Breathe explored the thrilling story of a blind army veteran dealing with four thieves who break into his house. The blind man, played by Stephen Lang (of 2009’s Avatar fame), finds horrific ways to defend his home against the intruders.
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On August 4, Sony released a red-band restricted trailer for Don’t Breathe 2, titled Dark AF, which boosted the hype for the sequel. The film will involve Norman (the blind veteran) using his innovative ways to save a young orphan against a group of kidnappers
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The sequel will be released globally from August 13, which interestingly falls on a Friday. Most countries where COVID restrictions regarding theater viewings are lifted will see the film release on ‘Friday the 13th’. However, in some countries, the movie will be available in theaters a day earlier, on August 12.
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Since Sony does not have its own streaming platform yet, the studio will exclusively drop the film in theaters. The release window for VODs and streaming platforms has not yet been confirmed.
Sony’s previous movie, Kevin Hart’s Fatherhood, was acquired by Netflix. Thus, similar strategies could be adopted for Don’t Breathe 2 later on.
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Like Cruella and Black Widow before it, Don’t Breathe 2 will be streaming on Netflix. You’ll need to pay an additional, one-time fee of $12.99 on top of your Netflix subscription to watch it on the streaming platform.
Premier Access lets you watch it before everyone else on a standard Netflix membership, as the film won’t be streaming until November 12 to regular Disney+ subscribers. Once you purchase the film with Netflix, you’ll always be able to watch it with your Netflixney+ account, and as many times as you want.
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Don’t Breathe 2 sees the return of Stephen Lang’s Norman Nordstrom back for more following the 2016 horror thriller. Now, eight years later, Norman seems to have found peace, having recreated the family that was stolen from him as he serves as a guardian to an 11-year-old girl, Phoenix (Madelyn Grace). When intruders attempt to disturb the life Norman had built for himself, the evil inside of him is activated, resulting in deadly consequences.
With the sequel putting Norman as the protagonist of the story, many have questioned whether or not the character deserves redemption or if the character should be seen as a hero or anti-hero since he was the antagonist in the first film. In Don’t Breathe, Norman does some unspeakable things ranging from brutal murder to kidnapping to sexual assault. Yet, in this film, Norman seemed redeemed for protecting a little girl from people who want to do her harm.
Don’t Breathe creators Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues revealed during a special footage Q&A on Tuesday in Los Angeles that Norman is ‘definitely not an anti-hero or hero’ in any sense. Alvarez wants the audience to determine how they feel for Norman and doubles down on the harsh truth about the character.
“It’s tricky and it is difficult to navigate a character like this,” says Alvarez. “We have to, as writers, show empathy in a way to anybody.”
Alvarez understands that it is hard to forgive Norman for the pain and suffering he had caused in the past, and he doesn’t want the audience to necessarily forgive him. By setting Norman up as the protagonist, Alvarez and Sayagues want to show more of Norman’s intimate moments and that he lies somewhere in the shades of grey area of the hero-villain spectrum. The true protagonist in the story is Phoenix and Norman serves as a ‘shadow’ figure protecting the child for his own reasons.
“He has more of a protagonist place in the story, but the story is us putting it out there and letting you decide how you feel about it,” Alvarez explains. “Hopefully, he will challenge you and then you make the right call. It’s totally up to you to decide what that is. We really try hard to lay out the facts and not be biased and [not] force you to feel a certain way.”
Lang previously told IGN that his character is really complex and that although he does horrific things, there is a certain empathy for him. He shares, “Certainly, the blind man, certainly, there are many positives to the guy, but every positive in his life has been kind of broken in front of him and thrown in his face and what you’re left with–what you’ll meet–is a man who is deeply embittered and really teetering on the edge of an abyss. But, even in that darkness, the thing that we won’t talk about that he’s doing when you think about it in his own twisted way is a life-affirming thing. To me, it just bespeaks sadness. It just talks about how really sad he is. I think that operates on an audience. It produces empathy and produces sympathy even as you’re absolutely horrified by it.”
Alvarez says no one knows the character as Lang does and that he has become the gatekeeper of Norman. “When [Lang] thinks about playing [Norman], he loves him. We know who [Norman] is. We admire some of the qualities, but we are aware of who he is and what he does. So, it’s always kind of back and forth [with Lang],” says Alvarez. “For us, it’s about how we frame the story. It’s great to have someone [like Lang]. He never judges the character. Good actors always say that we don’t judge the character. He definitely doesn’t when he’s playing it, but once he’s done, he’s like ‘[this character is] psycho’. He really tries not to and that’s why I think he comes alive on the screen.”
Don’t Breathe 2 stars Stephen Lang (Avatar, Tombstone), Madelyn Grace (Grey’s Anatomy), and Brendan Sexton III (El Camino, Black Hawk Down). It will be released exclusively in theaters nationwide on August 13.