Focus Features, Entertainment One , Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Blumhouse Productions announced today that Leigh Whannell will direct the third chapter of the INSIDIOUS film franchise which he will also write. Focus Features, which acquired the rights to release INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 from FilmDistrict, plans to bring the film to U.S. theaters on April 3, 2015.
Principal photography of the movie is scheduled to start this summer on July 7th.
Whannell weighed in on the announcement via his Twitter page, writing:
I am really excited and I know I have giant shoes to fill. Let's do this @blumhouse! Watching @creepypuppet work over the past decade has been the best film school for horror anyone could wish for!
Peter Schlessel, Focus Features’ CEO, said, “It’s with great pleasure that we turn the INSIDIOUS franchise over to the co-creator Leigh Whannell. We are all excited to see in what direction Leigh takes the next installment and we are also glad to welcome James Wan to his new role as producer.”Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse said, “We are all excited to bring a third film to audiences and know James and Leigh have great things in store for our fans. eOne and SPWA have been incredible partners on the INSIDIOUS franchise and we look forward to working together along with Focus Features, James Wan and Leigh on the next installment.”