These things happen like clockwork. Insidious: Chapter 2 cost about $5m to make. This weekend, it grossed more than $41m. And now, precisely one day after that opening weekend, comes the announcement that we’ll be getting an Insidious 3 (it’s probably safe to assume a Chapter 3 subtitle will be attached).
Leigh Whannell, writer of the first two Insidious movies, will be back to write screenplay number three, but there’s been no mention of a director so far. Probably because, in a recent interview with Moviefone, Insidious (and Insidious: Chapter 2) director James Wan plainly stated that he is “finished with the horror genre.” So don’t expect him to return to the series, unless major script rewrites turn it into a romantic comedy or an animated movie where talking dogs enter a surf contest.
It’s not necessarily bad news, but those who insist on seeking out bad omens in horror movie news have plenty to work from. Specifically, because Wan and Whannell have done this before: kick-starting a horror series, with Wan taking off to pursue new goals and Whannell stuck behind writing another screenplay. It happened with a little film called Saw, and we all know how that ended- as an annual Halloween tradition of cheaply thrown-together torture porn. Insidious fans, keep your fingers crossed that the same fate doesn’t befall their newest horror hit.