USA greenlights a Psych: The Movie sequel with Lassiter-centric story
C’mon son! Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) are coming back again!
EW has confirmed that USA Network has officially greenlit a two-hour sequel to 2017’s Psych reunion movie that will be called Psych: The Movie 2. The follow-up will take Shawn and Gus back to Santa Barbara, where the original series was set, to help out Timothy Omundson’s Carlton Lassiter.
Here’s the official logline below:
“The cast reunites once again when Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter (Omundson) is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn (Roday) and Gus (Hill) return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional, and possibly the supernatural. Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever.”
Of course, the best part of this news is that Omundson will be back for the movie. He was supposed to appear in the first one, but he suffered a stroke right before production started; however, he recovered in time to film a short but touching cameo. At the time, creator Steve Franks told EW in 2017 that he planned on using the cut Lassiter material in the then-potential follow-up.
“There’s some great, great stuff that took place in Santa Barbara, and movie two is certainly going to utilize some of those bits. The entire scenes, word-for-word, will be in the second movie,” said Franks. “The idea is that the second one would be the one that we would do to fully have everybody back together in the same room at the same time.”
In addition to Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen are also set to return.
Production is set to begin in Vancouver next month. Psych: The Movie 2 was co-written by Roday, Andy Berman, and Franks, who will also direct the feature. Franks, Roday, Hill, and Chris Henze of Thruline will serve as executive producers.