Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively to Reunite for 'A Simple Favor' Sequel with Director Paul Feig

Paul Feig is returning to direct Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively again in a follow-up to their 2018 dark comedy-thriller A Simple Favor

Blake Lively, Paul Feig, Anna Kendrick
From left: Blake Lively, Paul Feig, Anna Kendrick. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty, Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty, John Lamparski/Getty

A Simple Favor is getting a sequel.

Paul Feig is returning to direct a follow-up to his 2018 dark comedy-thriller starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick as two friends caught up in a twisted game of deceit.

The sequel will be made by Lionsgate and Amazon Studios, Deadline reports. Lively, 34, liked an Instagram post about the project shared to The Hollywood Reporter's account, seemingly confirming her involvement.

Feig, 59, will also produce the film under his Feigco Entertainment banner alongside Laura Fischer, while Jessica Sharzer — who also wrote the first movie — will pen the script, according to Deadline.

Sharzer is also set to executive produce, Deadline reports.

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Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor
Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor (2018). Courtesy Lionsgate

A Simple Favor, which made more than $97 million at the global box office on an estimated $20 million budget, is an adaptation of a 2017 book of the same name by Darcey Bell, in which a woman named Emily Nelson (Lively) mysteriously vanishes.

The film stars Kendrick, 36, as Stephanie, a mommy vlogger who attempts to figure out why and how her best friend Emily goes missing. In the process, she discovers Emily isn't exactly who she said she was.

"Our movie is all about appearances being not what they seem and so we loved the idea of playing with the concept of 'It's not what you think.' And I think these morphing photos do this in the most fun way possible," Feig teased to PEOPLE about the film ahead of its release.

Kendrick previously told PrideSource of her onscreen kiss with Lively that she was searching fur gum and mints ahead of time, joking, "We were the mintiest, freshest two people to have ever kissed in the history of America."

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While Lively's involvement in A Simple Favor's next installment may be only in a reprisal of her role, it was recently announced that she is set to make her feature directorial debut with the upcoming adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's 2014 graphic novel Seconds.

O'Malley, 43, also wrote the source material that inspired Edgar Wright's 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Wright, 48, wrote the screenplay for and will help produce Seconds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Seconds is about a chef named Katie who discovers the power to have second chances by writing down her mistakes, eating a magical mushroom and going to sleep. When she wakes up, the mistake is undone, but, as she finds out, more problems come from the do-overs.

Lively — who recently served as one of the co-chairs of the 2022 Met Gala along with husband Ryan Reynolds — made her first foray into filmmaking when she directed friend Taylor Swift's recent music video for "I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor's Version)," which debuted in November 2021 and starred Miles Teller.

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