Stephen Lang hints that a third Don’t Breathe movie may be in the works, even though the first one already gave away his return. Lang played Norman Nordstrom, also known as The Blind Man, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who developed near-superhuman hearing talents after suffering an injury in the Gulf War. He starred in the first two horror films as the lead actor. The Blind Man fought against three intruders trying to steal the money from his dilapidated Detroit home in the first Don’t Breathe movie, and in the second, he tried to save a young girl he claimed to be his daughter, albeit their relationships are more tenuous.
Stephen Lang recently spoke up to ComingSoon.net about the several sequels he’s worked on over the years while discussing the horror-thriller Old Man. The Blind Man actor talked about how he divides his legendary horror character in his brain when discussing the Don’t Breathe series, hinting at plans to return to him for a Don’t Breathe 3. Check out what Lang said below:
Well, it depends on the role. I find with the sequels you’re talking about, Don’t Breathe. It’s not difficult for me to open the door into the Blind Man’s brain, you know? It’s not a place I want to spend a huge amount of time [laughs] unless that’s what I’m doing, and when I’m doing it, when I’m in the Blind Man, it’s a very interesting place to be. I’ve enjoyed, if that’s the right word, but I guess it is, I enjoyed filming Don’t Breathe and Don’t Breathe 2 very, very much. Just as I plan to enjoy filming Don’t Breathe 3.
What may be the subject of Don’t Breathe 3?
Although a third movie hasn’t been officially announced, this isn’t the first time a franchise member has hinted at a future Don’t Breathe 3 release. Before the release of Don’t Breathe 2, Rodo Sayagues—who co-wrote the original with Fede Alvarez of Evil Dead and made his directorial debut with the follow-up—had previously floated the suggestion that another film might be made with Jane Levy’s Rocky making a comeback. This plot point was ostensibly set up after the first Don’t Breathe when Lang’s character hinted that he would be looking for the lone survivor. The Blind Man had survived his encounter with her and had not mentioned her or the stolen money to the police who had responded to the scene.
Removing this in Don’t Breathe 2 and the emphasis placed on The Blind Man’s relationship with the young Phoenix—whom he saved from a meth lab explosion and adopted as his daughter startled many. He once more saved her from her difficult parents towards the end of the sequel, who planned to transplant her heart into her mother while she was still conscious, albeit he also appeared to lose his battle with his injuries. The dog The Blind Man adopted later approached what appeared to be his dead body in the Don’t Breathe 2 post-credits scene, but when he reacted to the dog licking his fingers, it became clear that he was still alive.
The question now is whether there is interest in seeing a Don’t Breathe 3 get done, even though The Blind Man might still be alive for another tale. Don’t Breathe 2, which was released in theatres in the Summer of 2021 almost five years after its predecessor, received generally negative reviews from critics. Many of them criticized The Blind Man as the film’s unlikeable “protagonist,” and the sequel only made a third as much money at the box office as its predecessor, which seems to confirm that there will likely be no more entries in the series. Viewers may watch the first film again on Peacock and the second on Starz while waiting to see if Lang’s Don’t Breathe 3 tease comes true.