‘Everything Everywhere’ makers actively explore sequel to blockbuster movie

Create Everything everywhere all at once was a long and emotional task, but there’s a chance the Daniels could do it again for a sequel.

So said writer-director duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Newsweek in an in-depth conversation about their massive hit film. The group Son Lux produced the gigantic 49-track score for Everything everywhere all at once too and they discussed the moments that brought them to tears during production.

Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn, a dissatisfied laundromat owner who has her mind awakened to the possibilities of her multiversal self. Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis also star in the surprise-filled multi-genre film.

“In our work, we’ve found that we really like combining tones,” said Scheinert, one half of the Daniels duo. Newsweek. “Transitions are fun, but also unexpected explanations can somehow break through story barriers.”

“It’s more true to our real life existence,” Kwan added. “It’s a mixture of constantly having like a barrage of different tones and experiences. That emotional kick is something we wanted to capture.”

Everything everywhere all at once is Daniels’ second feature film, following 2016’s indie hit Swiss army man where Daniel Radcliffe played the role of a flatulent corpse.

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Writers and directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert stand alongside veteran actor James Hong at the premiere of A24’s ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’.
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The Daniels moved away from other multiverse-focused stories while writing their own screenplay. They have publicly stated that they ignore things like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and rick and morty Just to be sure.

“It just didn’t help our writing process,” Scheinert said, “You get neurotic about where there will or won’t be overlap.”

“These other movies paved the way, can’t complain.” Kwan said, “There’s a much better understanding of the culture now. We were naive enough to say we’re going to build a foundation of the multiverse and then we’re going to smash it, all in one movie.”

Everywhere continues to roll out to cinemas around the world and has so far won acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The reviews are there and it still maintains an impressive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and at the time of writing it’s the 50th highest rated movie of all time on IMDb. It is the highest rated 2022 film on the site.

While it bills itself as a fun, wacky, sexy, silly, and ambitious sci-fi flick, the central story is an emotional family drama. The unexpected emotion of Everything everywhere all at once is something that has continuously affected the Son Lux group.

“I was tasked with marking the very intense and emotional moments,” said band member Rafiq Bhatia Newsweek“And I think I cried every time I watched it. I cried 397 times. It really took a lot out of us.”

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Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Ke Huy Quan play the Wang family members in “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which is out now.

Son Lux, an American experimental group, is made up of Bhatia, Ryan Lott and Ian Chang. Individually and together, they created the 49-track score for the film with help from Randy Newman, Andre 3000, yMusic and Moses Sumney. The film’s first single, “This Is a Life”, which also opens and closes the film, is a melancholic track featuring Japanese-American singer Mitski and David Byrne of The Talking Heads.

“The whole movie sat with us. We were tagging it and texting like ‘y’all, for some reason this one just got me and I’m a mess here,'” Lott recalled. “

He continued, “This movie engages your heart in a very surprising way. In the end, all that kind of craziness, madness, humor and absurdity culminates in a giant hug. It was our job to making sure we hit all the emotional notes along the way with the score.”

The reaction to the first single, which Son Lux wrote with the help of Mitski and Byrne (although it’s all on Zoom) has been overwhelmingly positive according to the band, although surprisingly emotional too.

“I think the response online was a lot of people just said, ‘Damn, I was crying enough already and then this song is coming,'” Chang laughed.

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Jamie Lee Curtis stars in ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ and looks at the movie poster at the movie’s premiere in March 2022.
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Everything everywhere all at once is a two-hour standalone story that could be neatly wrapped up and left alone. However, as the filmmakers admit, it’s always tempting to unbox the box.

“It’s a great question that we’ve been debating since we honestly finished this movie,” Kwan said. “How do we progress from there? Because in many ways this movie is the culmination of everything we’ve done with our style of music directors, and it feels like you can’t go much further than that, or as far as what we tried to pull off.

“We develop projects, the two things that seem very different, because we’ve moved on as creative people just to exercise other parts of our skills, but at the same time, there’s a lot of things that we had to cut this movie, a lot of concepts and ideas and characters that we really want to keep exploring,” Kwan said.

The fans who reacted so positively to Everything everywhere all at once are at the forefront of the Daniels’ minds and could be rewarded with a follow-up or sequel of some kind.

“Now that we have this audience and some fans, people are watching us now, which is really scary and exciting, okay, what can we do with this opportunity? We want to make sure that when we think back to that time when made the right decisions for us and also made the most of this moment. Because we know it’s a very rare and special moment, and who knows if we’ll ever do it again?” Kwan reflected.

So, according to the Daniels, what will be the next step: another original project or a sequel? “We do both to answer your question,” Kwan said. “We’ll see what happens. We’ll see what the universe gives the green light to first, but we’re actively exploring all of that.”

The sci-fi action comedy-drama Everything everywhere all at once is out in theaters now.

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