James Wan and Leigh Whannell Back for Insidious Sequel
Some really good news is coming in for fans of the flick Insidious. We reported previously that a sequel is on its way, and now it looks like the original duo are coming back to continue the scares.
From the Press Release
The terror that horror movie fans experienced with last year’s hit film INSIDIOUS will continue as the creative team behind the film announce plans for a sequel. Leigh Whannell will once again write the script, and James Wan is in talks to once again direct. Jason Blum will produce through his Blumhouse Productions shingle. Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Oren Peli and Steven Schneider will executive produce. The sequel will be financed by Alliance Films, which also financed the first film. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired the U.S. rights to the film in concert with FilmDistrict. FilmDistrict will distribute the film in the United States, with Alliance Films distributing in Canada, the UK (via its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and Spain (via Aurum) and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions distributing the remaining international territories. The INSIDIOUS sequel will go into production in 2012 for a 2013 release.
“INSIDIOUS was the most fun project I've ever worked on,” said Whannell. “From start to finish it was an absolute joy—from the writing of the screenplay, all the way to the first screening of the film at the Toronto Film Festival. I believe that James Wan and I achieved what we set out to do—create a horror film for horror fans. So it is with great excitement that we announce our commitment to a second installment of this story. Both of us feel that we can mine more terror from the world we created and know that if we assemble every member of the original team, we will have an amazing continuation of the story for fans of the first film. Thank you so much to every fan—you are the reason why we do what we do. See you in The Further.” Wan and Whannell are keeping the plot of the sequel under wraps.
The first INSIDIOUS, starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, 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. It was released on April 1, 2011, and has grossed more than $155 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.
“We are all so lucky to have James and Leigh return to this great franchise they created,” Blum said. “And of course we are all pleased to be back in business with our partners at Sony, FilmDistrict and Alliance Films.”
“Insidious was a fantastic experience for all of us,” said Peter Schlessel, CEO, FilmDistrict. “We’re excited for James and Leigh to take the unique and terrifying world of INSIDIOUS ‘further’. Sony, Alliance and the producers are great partners that will ensure the sequel exceeds all expectations.”
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