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Leigh Whannell will return to write Insidious: Chapter 3

Sep. 16, 2013by: Alex Maidy

After a hugely impressive $40 million opening weekend, Sony has wasted no time in announcing that INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 will be getting a sequel. The obviously titled INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 will be scripted by Leigh Whannell who wrote the first two films as well as started the SAW franchise with INSIDIOUS director James Wan. Wan has moved on to bigger non-genre fare with the upcoming FAST AND FURIOUS 7, so it remains to be seen who will take over directing duties on the third film.

In a statement, Peter Schlessel, FilmDistricts CEO, Xavier Marchand, eOnes President, Film Production, and Steven Bersch, President of Sony, had this to say about the movie:

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.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 only cost $5 million to make while the first film was a mere $1.5 million. These tiny costs are absolute gold for studios so we will keep seeing them until no one goes to the movies. Unlike PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and SAW, INSIDIOUS is able to pump out the scares but still keep a PG-13 rating which definitely helps the profit margin. In fact it is harder to make a non-R horror film because you have to focus on the horror instead of the gore. Even James Wan's own THE CONJURING (rated R) managed to be truly scary without buckets of blood and guts.

After only one week in release, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 has been incredibly profitable so anything else is gravy. Let's see if the third film can be as good without the same director. INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey.

Source: Deadline

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8:17PM on 09/17/2013
Whannell coming back is all that is needed for me to be on board. He is without a doubt one of the best horror genre writers today. He has never directed a film though and I'm wondering if possibly he directs part 3. He had to of leaned something working with James Wan for the past decade or so.
Whannell coming back is all that is needed for me to be on board. He is without a doubt one of the best horror genre writers today. He has never directed a film though and I'm wondering if possibly he directs part 3. He had to of leaned something working with James Wan for the past decade or so.
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6:22AM on 09/17/2013
Just go ahead and call it 'In3Dious' The '3D' of the title can even be in red, as per usual.
Just go ahead and call it 'In3Dious' The '3D' of the title can even be in red, as per usual.
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11:16PM on 09/16/2013

Insidious 3

Insidious 3 ::The sequel nobody wanted::
Insidious 3 ::The sequel nobody wanted::
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5:48PM on 09/16/2013

Maybe another writer would help...

No disrespect meant to Whanell, but I think his well might be dry for this series, creator or not. I enjoyed the first film despite its flaws, but with a budget three times the amount of the original, this wasn't half the movie it should have been. In fact it was downright laughable at times, and not the times when it was (far too often) intended to be.
No disrespect meant to Whanell, but I think his well might be dry for this series, creator or not. I enjoyed the first film despite its flaws, but with a budget three times the amount of the original, this wasn't half the movie it should have been. In fact it was downright laughable at times, and not the times when it was (far too often) intended to be.
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4:06PM on 09/16/2013

I'm hoping this doesn't become the next Paranormal Activity or Saw

With each entry, that series became more and more of a joke I hope Insidious avoids this.
With each entry, that series became more and more of a joke I hope Insidious avoids this.
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3:55PM on 09/16/2013

Leigh is onboard... perhaps as Director?

Glad to hear Leigh is coming back to be involved with the 3rd installment, though the way it was worded above it sounds like he is being considered as Director? It only says he wrote the first two installments, but doesn't say he'll write this one. Could it be his directorial debut? :D

I thought Insidious Chapter 2 was quite good. I preferred it over the first one, especially in terms of story. The story structure was my favorite kind of structure in cinema. Also, I thought it was
Glad to hear Leigh is coming back to be involved with the 3rd installment, though the way it was worded above it sounds like he is being considered as Director? It only says he wrote the first two installments, but doesn't say he'll write this one. Could it be his directorial debut? :D

I thought Insidious Chapter 2 was quite good. I preferred it over the first one, especially in terms of story. The story structure was my favorite kind of structure in cinema. Also, I thought it was intensely terrifying... something I don't think a lot of people share the opinion of, since I see most people calling it more of a comedy than a horror? Bizarre, since it scared the hell out of me, but whatevs!

If Chapter 2 was really James Wan's horror swansong, I will be so sad. But it could be interesting to see a new directorial vision take the reins. I just hope it doesn't turn into Paranormal Activity, where they take the same formula and keep running it into the ground. Insidious feels like it has much more to explore and is more significant than Paranormal Activity, but I still worry about the direction a new saga would take.

The only thing I didn't like about Insidious Chapter 2 was actually the ending. I didn't like the open-ness. I felt like Insidious and its sequel were perfect complements to each other and told a grand tale. To add on more to it seems tacky, but again, I will give it a chance and I welcome a new vision :)
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2:56PM on 09/16/2013
Love the first two films and am hoping whoever directs the third chapter, is able to bring the quality and talent that Wan brought with the first two films.

And that they bring back the Red Demon from the first film.
Love the first two films and am hoping whoever directs the third chapter, is able to bring the quality and talent that Wan brought with the first two films.

And that they bring back the Red Demon from the first film.
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