You may or not have thought that Insidious was the scariest movie of last year (I certainly did), but after earning nearly $100 million on a measly $1.5 million budget, there's no denying that it was one of the most profitable.
Second only to the ridiculously successful Paranormal Activity 3 (which earned over $200 million worldwide), director James Wan's throwback horror film was a big hit with audiences and immediately spurred conversation about a possible sequel.
Last summer, Insidious producer Jason Blum briefly talked about a sequel, but said that the creative team (Wan and writer Leigh Whannell) would only be interested if they could come with a story worth telling. Now it looks like the pair may indeed be back for Insidious 2.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wan and Whannell (who also co-created the Saw franchise) are currently in talks for the film, while Blum will return to produce. Oren Peli and Steven Schneider (of Paranormal Activity fame) will also return as Executive Producers.
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There's no word yet on whether any of the original cast of the film will return, but since Patrick Wilson's character gets possessed, I don't know if he'd make the cut. Rose Byrne also seems like a long shot, but The Hollywood Reporter makes the point that the actress' stock has risen considerably since her turn in the hugely successful comedy, Bridesmaids.
As someone who really liked Insidious, I'm not sold on a sequel to the film. Not only does it seem like a cash-grab, but it also doesn't mesh with some of the things that Wan and Whannell discussed during our interview last year.
At the time, I asked Wan about his thoughts on remakes, to which he replied:
There’s really no reason to rehash something that you’ve already seen, and that’s part of the reason why I never directed any of those ‘Saw’ sequels, because I felt like, “I already did it with the first one,” and I didn’t want to repeat myself there unless I could have brought something different to it.
Granted, he was talking about a remake versus a sequel, but the same principle applies. If the Insidious sequel follows the same formula as the first film, it's hard to imagine Wan being all that interested in it. Of course, if Whannell has a fresh idea for a second movie, perhaps focusing on a different family or an adult Dalton, there's potential there.
We'll keep you updated about the status of Insidious 2.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter