Hot on the heels of “Insidious: Chapter 2” taking top box office honors this past weekend, “Insidious 3” is already on the way. 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 wrote both “Insidious” and “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
“Insidious: Chapter 2” opened with 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.
In a joint statement distributed by Sony, 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 in the same press release, “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.”
2011’s “Insidious,” directed by James Wan, told the story of Josh and Renai Lambert and their son Dalton, confronting the demons that possess the young boy. It went on to gross $97 million worldwide. With the picture’s reported budget of only $1.5 million, “Insidious” was arguably the most profitable film of 2011.
Wan also directed “Insidious: Chapter 2,” which 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 from the first movie.