Universal 1440 to Release Sequels to “High” and “Backdraft”


When it comes to sequels no one expects, or sometimes even want, leave it up to Universal’s subsidiary, Universal 1440 Entertainment, to unleash these sequels.

Some of their recent sequels released include Death Race: Beyond Anarchy, The Scorpion King: Book of Souls, and Cop and a Half: New Recruit. Two more sequels will see the light of day in April and May, one making its debut on cable TV and the other straight to Blu-Ray and DVD, a staple of the label.

Originally announced last June, How High 2, an in-name sequel to the hit 2001 comedy that starred Redman and Method Man, will be debuting on MTV on, what else, April 20th. The new film will star Lil Yachty and DC Young Fly as two young but business-savvy stoners who embark on a pot-filled odyssey through Atlanta to find their missing weed, only to uncover a vast government conspiracy. Mike Epps, whose pimp character of “Baby Powder” was a highlight of the original film, will reprise his role in the sequel. (Deadline)

The next one comes as a surprise and that is the sequel to Backdraft, Ron Howard‘s epic 1991 firefighter flick that starred Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. In Backdraft 2, Baldwin returns as Brian McCaffrey, who is now the chief of the fire department. His nephew Sean, played by Joe Anderson, now an arson investigator, must track an arms dealer who uses deadly fires as distractions. From the trailer, it is clear that Sean is the son of Kurt Russell‘s character. That film will debut on DVD and Blu-Ray as well as Digital on May 14. (Film Combat Syndicate)

If you are into Universal 1440’s sequels, then these two will most likely be on your list.

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