While filmmaker James Wan is “finished with the horror genre,” one of his most successful franchises will continue on without him. Deadline Hollywood reports that mere hours after the second installment of the wildly popular Insidious franchise, Insidious: Chapter 2, made a record-breaking $41m at the weekend box office, a third entry into the haunted family film is already a go. Wan may not be on board, but his frequent writing partner Leigh Whannell is set to pen the film for Blumhouse Entertainment, Entertainment One, FilmDistrict, and Sony Worldwide Acquisitions. Whannell and Wan got their start with screamers way back in 2004, when they teamed up to create the Saw franchise.
There’s no word on the plot of the third film, but it will more than likely continue to chronicle the horrific happenings of the Lambert family (played in both movies by Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey), especially since this latest film left the possibility of more haunted happenings wide open. The second Insidious film quite notably picked up just seconds after the first one ended, so this is a series that has always been primed and primped for more.
Even if Wan is done with the horror genre – after all, he is moving on to direct the next Fast and Furious film, and that’s basically become a genre all its own – he’s still an insanely profitable horror director. His other horror outing from 2013, The Conjuring, also made $41m in its first weekend at the box office, and is currently the most profitable horror film of the year so far. Don’t leave us just yet, James.
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