There Will Be a Third 'Insidious' Chapter

Posted 3:28 PM September 16th, 2013 by Binh Ngo
Insidious: Chapter 2

With Insidious: Chapter 2 opening to a $40 million weekend, Entertainment One, FilmDistrict, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions wasted no time in announcing the development of a third movie. Leigh Whannell, who wrote the first two chapters, will return to write the third.

James Wan has indicated that he's done with the horror genre, for now, and would like to explore other genres, so it's unlikely he'll return to direct the next Insidious movie. In truth, he's in the big leagues now and will be working on movies like Fast & Furious 7.

Will the third movie continue the story of the Lamberts? Patrick Wilson, who plays the family's patriarch, has doubts, but Whannell may have another adventure in store for them.

"I don't know where else you go with Josh Lambert," Wilson said. "When you see the film, and see how it ends, it's pretty clear without giving too much away. It took him so much to even want to do a sequel to "Insidious," I felt like I could do a lot more with the character so he was my sort of touchstone, but I just... I don't know where else it could go. I don't know what he could come up with that would make it be interesting for both of us, for me, for Josh Lambert. Like, where else do you go with that guy? He's been through the ringer, and I think the movie sets it up well at the end, to be honest with you. And that's great, that's how it should end."

Here's the full press release:

Los Angeles September 16, 2013 – Entertainment One (eOne), FilmDistrict, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced today that together they will be developing the third chapter of the micro-budgeted INSIDIOUS film franchise which Leigh Whannell has signed on to write. Whannell has written both INSIDIOUS and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 which just had a stellar first weekend release in North America debuting to more than $40 million at the box office making it one of the largest horror genre openings ever and one of the biggest openings for a film released in the month of September. Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, which produced both INSIDIOUS and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, is producing the next installment along with Oren Peli. Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman and Xavier Marchand are executive producing.

In a joint statement, Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict's CEO, Xavier Marchand, eOne's President, Film Production, and Steven Bersch, President of SPWA, said, "The release of the first INSIDIOUS resonated with audiences around the world and quickly became one of the most talked about films in 2011. This weekend moviegoers enjoyed the terrifying continuation of the first film and we are confident they will be excited to see the third chapter of the INSIDIOUS world. There is nobody better suited to bring audiences the next chapter of this haunting story than Leigh who has brilliantly written both INSIDIOUS and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2."

Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse said, "FilmDistrict, eOne and SPWA have been incredible partners on the INSIDIOUS franchise. We are all so grateful for how audiences embraced James Wan and Leigh's latest film and are excited to see what Leigh has in store for the third chapter."

The first INSIDIOUS told the story of Josh and Renai Lambert and their son Dalton, confronting the demons that possess the young boy. The project was picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and distributed by FilmDistrict in the US. eOne handles rights to the film in Canada, U.K. and Spain, and Sony handles rights in the rest of the world. It was released on April 1, 2011, and has grossed $97 million worldwide. With the picture's reported $1.5 million budget, it has led to the film being called the most profitable film of 2011.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, the terrifying sequel, follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey reprised their roles in the film directed by James Wan, who also directed the first installment.

Whannell is represented by Paradigm.

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