Focus Features announced today that the latest installment of the 'Insidious' franchise, 'Insidious 3,' has officially commenced with production. However, while cast members Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Mr. Whannell are reprising their roles from the previous films, this next chapter is not a continuation -- it's a prequel!
With director James Wan off doing 'Fast and Furious 7' (and supposedly leaving his horror roots behind), the massively successful 'Insidious' franchise was without a director for 'Insidious 3' ... until right now! (Queue music sting! Movie news jump scare!) Today, it was announced that Leigh Whannell, the writer of the previous two films, will make his directorial debut with 'Insidious: Chapter 3.'
The new studio model for sequels is to call your release date before you have a cast or crew, and often before you have a script. The latest film to get dated ahead of anything else substantial is 'Insidious 3,' which production company FilmDistrict previously announced would be happening after 'Insidious Chapter 2' opened to $41 million.
James Wan's 'Insidious: Chapter 2' opened at $41 million over the weekend -- for a film that only cost around $5 million to make, that's a massive success. Combine that with his $40 million opening for this summer's 'The Conjuring' (making it one of the most successful horror films of all time), and James Wan has become the horror master. FilmDistrict agrees, and the studio is already moving ahead with 'Insidious 3.'