I loved Insidious, and loved the way it injected some fun into horror and made cinemas goers genuinely excited about being terrified. There was a real buzz around seeing this film at the cinema, and horror was given one hell of a boost thanks to James Wan creation. Now, it is set to happen all over again, and even better is who is going to be returning!
First and foremost the genius behind the first film, James Wan, is back to direct. This means he will have TWO big horror films coming out in 2013, Insidious Chapter 2 (cool title by the way) and The Conjuring. Just briefly, The Conjuring is rumoured to be incredible, and I have included a small bit of info on the film at the bottom of this post, along with a couple of recent images released.
Secondly, writer Leigh Whanell also returns, as does producer Jason Blum. The original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins are all returning too, and there were early rumours that Whannell and Angus Sampson would reprise their roles of Specs and Tucker (although this hasn’t been confirmed yet). So basically all the gang are back, and there is no doubt that the sequel will be a huge hit when it arrives in cinemas in 2013. The US will have the film on August 30th 2013, and no doubt the UK will follow shortly after.
Here is the official press release:
Los Angeles November 19, 2012 – FilmDistrict, Alliance Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions announced today that they will bring INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2, the sequel to last year’s hit film INSIDIOUS which captivated horror movie fans worldwide, to U.S. theatres on August 30, 2013 via FilmDistrict. Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins will reprise their roles in the film which James Wan, who directed INSIDIOUS, will direct from a script written by Leigh Whannell who also wrote the first film. Jason Blum, who produced INSIDIOUS, is producing the low-budget sequel through his Blumhouse Productions. Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Oren Peli , Steven Schneider, and Charles Layton are executive producing. Production on the sequel is set to begin on January 15, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict’s CEO, stated, “We are all very excited to see the next chapter of James and Leigh’s vision of the Further. It’s great to be in business again with Blumhouse, Alliance and Sony.”
“Blumhouse is committed to empowering filmmakers to tell their stories and we are excited to do that once again with the team from the first INSIDIOUS including James and Leigh and the original cast,” said Blum. “We also look forward to working with our partners on the first film- FilmDistrict, Alliance and Sony.”
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the U.S. rights to the film in conjunction with FilmDistrict. INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 is being financed by Alliance Films. FilmDistrict will distribute the film theatrically in the United States, with Sony handling the majority of ancillary rights in the U.S. Alliance Films will distribute in Canada, the UK (via its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and Spain (via Aurum), and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will distribute in all other international territories.
The first INSIDIOUS, starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, told the story of Josh and Renai Lambert and their son Dalton, confronting the demons that possess the young boy. The project was picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and distributed by FilmDistrict. It was released on April 1, 2011, and has grossed $97 million worldwide. With the picture’s reported $1.5 million budget, it has led to the film being called the most profitable film of 2011.
Wan most recently directed THE CONJURING for Warner Bros. The film, which reunited him with INSIDIOUS star Patrick Wilson, will open on July 19. Wan is also set to direct a feature adaptation of the hit television series MACGYVER for Warner Bros.
Wilson and Byrne are represented by CAA. Byrne is also represented by RGM Artist Group. Shaye is represented by Don Buchwald & Assoc. / Fortitude. Simpkins is represented by ICM Partners. Wan and Whannell are represented by Paradigm and Stacey Testro International.
Blumhouse, which produced INSIDIOUS, has created a model of producing low-budget genre films for wide release and the company has produced five movies in the past two years that out grossed their budgets on opening weekend, most recently SINISTER and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4.
Now for that piece of info on The Conjuring in case you might have missed it:
Directed by James Wan, Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes wrote the screenplay. The Conjuring stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mackenzie Foy and Ron Livingston.
The film centres on a a husband and wife team (Wilson, Farmiga) of demonologists and psychic investigators who enter the most horrifying case of their career, spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse. Livingston and Taylor will play a couple who move with their kids to the farmhouse and begin to be haunted.”
“The Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952 and later opened the Occult Museum. They are the authors of numerous books about the paranormal and their own private investigations into various hauntings. They claimed to have investigated over 10,000 hauntings during their career, and the Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting.
The Warrens were responsible for training several paranormal investigating demonologists including Dave Considine, the late Lou Gentile, and their nephew John Zaffis.
“This one plays scarier because it’s more grounded,” said Wan, while comparing The Conjuring to Insidious. “I tried to ground it as much as possible because the realism makes it creepier.”
Here’s the images released over the past week for the film: