Nobody smiles better than these Day film producer Parker Finn .
Finn is well aware that his directorial debut Smile has already hit the ground running. Originally greenlit as a Paramount+ exclusive, the horror flick starring Sosie Bacon follows a woman who reveals herself in the form of a smile The curse of overcoming the odds every time and finally getting nearly $250 box office million dollars – million budget. The decision to ditch Paramount+ and release the film in theaters was largely made after a first test screening three months into post-production.
“ They always warn you in advance that horror movies usually score lower than other genres, and horror movies average Keynote thinks Smile scored even lower than that, so they’re going to look at it through that lens,” Finn told Hollywood Reporter
Unlike most modern blockbusters, which are exhaustively covered by the media throughout their production, there is no sense of a ready-made movie, which means The reaction of the test audience will be pure.
“This is a500 – man, the show in Burbank was sold out, and when the movie started playing, you could feel the electricity in the air,” recalls Finn. “The audience was screaming at the screen, so obviously the public setting and the nature of it is unbelievable. Kudos to Paramount for recognizing that and supporting the film in such an amazing way.”
In a recent conversation with THR, Finn also discussed potential Smile sequel, and why it doesn’t take the obvious approach.
Is there anything in Paramount’s water right now? Isn’t it Top Gun: Maverick and all Sunset, their other first movie of the year?
(laughing at .) Good question for them . Paramount has truly had a stellar year and I’m so excited Smile to be a part of it.
very interesting version’s Kal Penn looks like a version of Kal Penn with no face. ( laughing .) There were many photos that day that we took photos with both of them at the same time. It’s really exciting to use practical effects and do something on set that’s over the top. It’s always one of those moments when the entire crew gathers to watch the monitors. Ripping out a famous actor’s face isn’t something you often do on set, so it was a lot of fun. So once you put the movie together, it’s really tense and scary, but on that day, it kind of exploded.
How much do you think about the Joel (Kyle Gallner) led sequel?
I do think there are many interesting things to explore in the world of Smile). There must have been some stones that I left on purpose. Then there are other things that I wanted to put in the movie at one point, but for whatever reason, they didn’t end up in the movie. So those things are still exciting to me, but if Smile has more to do, I never want to repeat myself or repeat the same mistakes. I wanted to make sure there was a new, exciting, fresh way that the audience wasn’t expecting. I also wanted to find some new way to scare them and make them feel uneasy. But in terms of how it connects to the first one, if we’re going to do that, I want it to be surprising as well.
Well, Parker Finn, congratulations SmileSuccess, I will see you in a year or two Smile$ .
(laughs.) I love it. thanks.
12352324401000 smile, now available on numbers Use, will be released on Blu-ray/4K in December 13th.