From the "news we saw coming a mile away" department: Universal's White Noise 2: The Light has, after being yanked out of its late January release slot, been remanded to the direct-to-video slate. According to Fangoria, the semi-sequel to White Noise has yet to receive a video store release date -- but it's definitely NOT going to be playing in any multiplexes any time soon. Frankly I'm a little surprised that this one was ever truly considered a "theatrical release" sort of movie.
The first flick was a surprise hit in January of 2005, but that was most likely due to a) Michael Keaton's presence in the movie, and b) the fact that there's nothing worth seeing most Januaries! The news should come as no big shock to director Patrick Lussier; of the four movies he's already written, only one of 'em (Dracula 2000) ever saw the inside of a movie house. The folks who have ample cause for disappointment are screenwriter Matt Venne (this is his first feature) and leading man Nathan Fillion -- a seriously entertaining actor who just can't seem to catch a break these days. His first two movies, Serenity and Slither, while both really cool, pretty much died at the box office -- and his next one (the fantastic Waitress) might not hit screens for the better part of a year. I'm guessing a White Noise 3 is pretty much out of the question at this point.