Made on a budget of less than $1 million, the mystery thriller Searching (read our review HERE), which took place exclusively on computer and smartphone screens, earned over $75 million at the global box office. So it’s not too surprising that a sequel was given the green light… but since this was supposed to be a sequel in name only, it’s also not particularly surprising that it got a title change along the way. That “Searching sequel” is called Missingand it was due to hit theaters on February 24, 2023. Deadline reports that it has now moved forward to the new release date for 20 January 2023.
Details of the plot of Missing is kept secret. We know the movie stars Storm Reid (The invisible man) and Nia Long (NCIS: Los Angeles).
Missing was directed by Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick, the editors of Searchingfrom a script they wrote, from a story supplied by Searching writer/director Aneesh Chaganty and co-writer Sev Ohanian. Chaganty and Ohanian also produced the film with Natalie Qasabian, co Timur BekmambetovAdam Sidman and Jo Henriquez, who serve as executive producers.
The release date change allows it Missing to avoid competition from the Universal release Cocaine bear and Lionsgate’s Jesus revolution. The only other wide release slated for January 20 is “an untitled Crunchy Roll movie.”
Searching had the following synopsis: David Kim becomes desperate when his 16-year-old daughter, Margot, goes missing, and an immediate police investigation leads nowhere. He soon decides to search the one place no one else has: Margot’s laptop. Hoping to trace her digital footprints, David contacts his friends and looks at photos and videos for possible clues to her whereabouts..
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