BACKDRAFT Sequel On The Way? March 22, 2018 Universal Pictures has reportedly put in motion plans for a follow-up to Ron Howard’s 1991 firefighter blockbuster ‘Backdraft,’ tapping Gonzalo López-Gallego (‘Apollo 18,’ ‘Open Grave’) to direct. Tentatively titled ‘Backdraft II,’ the film will focus on the grown son of Kurt Russell’s character, an investigator with the Chicago Fire Department who still holds his uncle (William Baldwin) responsible for the death of his father. News on the project comes from the folks over at MovieHole who hear that Baldwin is expected to reprise his role from the original. Principal photography is scheduled to commence next month in Romania and Toronto with Raffaella De Laurentiis producing.