Insidious: Chapter 2 may not have been the best horror sequel of the past few years – let’s face it, it wasn’t that great – but the fact that it was made for around $5 million and earned over $160 million worldwide guaranteed a sequel was on the way. But with franchise director James Wan moving on to helm Fast & Furious 7, and taking into consideration his feelings about being “finished with the horror genre,” a new director needed to be found. Well, it looks like Focus Features has found their man.
According to a press release, Leigh Whannell (above, left) will make his feature directorial debut with Insidious: Chapter 3. His name should sound familiar: Whannell wrote the screenplays for both Insidious films and co-created the Saw franchise with James Wan, writing the first, second, and third entries in that franchise. Whannell is also an actor; he played Adam in the Saw films and Specs in the Insidious movies. While Wan is remaining on board as a producer, Whannell will pull double (and possibly triple?) duty here, writing, directing, and potentially acting in this sequel.
While Insidious: Chapter 2 arrived in theaters this past September, but the third chapter won’t hit multiplexes until April 3rd, 2015. With a prime release date like that, it’ll likely pull in a nice chunk of chance at the box office – the only other project I can find that’s currently scheduled for that date is the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride, so Insidious: Chapter 3 should be some nice counter-programming for that romcom. Also interesting to note: Wan’s Fast & Furious 7 speeds into theaters on April 10th, only one week after this movie debuts. Looks like Mr. Wan is going to have a nice couple of weeks next April, and Whannell is undoubtedly hoping for a similar outcome for the latest entry in his horror franchise.
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