‘Freaks Underground,’ a sequel to the 2018 sci-fi thriller film ‘Freaks,’ is all set to kick off filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, in November this year. While the original film follows “a bold girl, who discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father’s protective and paranoid control,” the plot of the sequel has been kept under wraps for now.
Vancouver, where the filming is set to commence, also facilitated the production of the first film. The city has a wide variety of natural landscapes, along with an established film industry that makes it an ideal location for the shooting of diverse projects. Vancouver has previously hosted the filming of ‘Titanic,’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Puppy Love,’ ‘Thor: Love and Thunder,’ ‘Man of Steel,’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’
Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein, the duo who helmed ‘Freaks,’ are all set to direct the sequel as well. For their work on the first film, the two were honored with the Emerging Director Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. They also worked together on Disney’s live-action ‘Kim Possible’ film. Lipovsky’s other filmmaking credits include ‘Tasmanian Devils,’ ‘Leprechaun: Origins,’ and ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower.’ He also appears as an actor in films such as ‘The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue,’ ‘Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century,’ and ‘Mr. Rice’s Secret.’ On the other hand, Stein is known for his work on shows like ‘Nerd Court’ and ‘Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock.’
The original film features Lexy Kolker as Chloe Lewis, Emile Hirsch as Henry Lewis, Bruce Dern as Alan/Mr. Snowcone, Grace Park as Cecilia Ray, Amanda Crew as Mary Lewis, Ava Telek as Harper Reed, and Michelle Harrison as Nancy Reed. The cast also includes Matty Finochio, Aleks Paunovic, R. J. Fetherstonhaugh, Dakota Daulby, and Dean Redman. It is not yet revealed if the cast members are going to reprise their roles in the sequel.
‘Freaks’ premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018, and was eventually screened at more than 40 film festivals across the world. The film received critical acclaim and won several accolades, including the Silver Raven Jury Prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival and the Best Film Award at the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival. The movie was released in cinemas on September 13, 2019.