Breaking: ‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Officially Announced!

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As I joked over the weekend, it was only a matter of time until FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures announced Insidious: Chapter 3.

With full details forthcoming, Borys Kit of THR broke the news on Twitter that Leigh Whannell is currently attached to pen the third chapter. Whannell, who co-created Saw with James Wan, penned both Insidious films, and also starred in both as “Specs” (below left), one half of the ghost hunting duo.

Word from the inside is that the third film will be bringing back Lin Shaye’s character as well as both ghost hunters Specs and Tucker (all three pictured below).

Insidious: Chapter 2 has been confirmed to have pulled in a whopping $41M this past Friday the 13th weekend. It also makes director James Wan the second ever to have two films in the same year with $40M openings (the Matrix sequels). Check out Evan Dickson’s 6 Steps to the A-List, a special feature on director James Wan.

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  • djblack1313

    so who’s going to direct it?

    • DarrelDreadful

      great question.

    • evenscarier

      I was thinking the same thing, these movies are a lot of fun, but it won’t be the same without Mr. Wan at the helm.

  • ChasingTheGhost

    Much looking forward to it. Loved how Chapter 2 ended.

  • EvilHead1981

    Chapter 2 DID end open enough for something to follow it. There’s actually endless possibilities on where they can take this series given the nature of the Further.

  • Mater-Suspiriorum

    “It also makes director James Wan the first ever director to have two films in the same year with $40M openings ever.”

    What’s up with The Matrix Revolutions and Reloaded?

    • JonathanBarkan

      I think it might be the first ever “horror” director to have accomplished this feat. It’s still incredibly impressive!

  • UndeadRaziel

    Sweeeeeeet!!! I hope they don’t make a thousand sequels, but I am excited for this.

    • David

      i have feeling this will end up being the next yearly sequel birther. predicting a “the final chapter” and three more after that. wish they would make the third and one final after that and just end it before it goes too out of hand and they add evil faeries or leprechauns and just take it far from what it’s meant to be.

  • DarrelDreadful

    Awesome! I went to see Chapter 2 yesterday but my expectations were low because of all the negative things I kept hearing but Im glad to say I really enjoyed it and thought it was a fantastic follow up. Very entertaining, the comic relief was better, the creepy parts were done well, and most importantly imo the story/twists was the best thing about it. Patrick and Lin I have always loved but I love them even more now. Chapter 3 is set up nicely, and I have to say that Im excited to see this franchise grow. They have so many directions they could go! But Im kinda bummed about the slim chance of James returning. I hope the next person doesn’t drop the ball.

  • staindFAN

    Of course this was going to happen with the amount of dough Chapter 2 made this weekend. I personally wish they would have just left it at the first one, I don’t believe it needed a sequel. Besides, I enjoyed the first Insidious a lot more then Chapter 2. Not that Chapter 2 was bad or anything because it wasn’t at all. I just felt as if there was nothing to it, no good scares, just kind of “meh”. With that being said, James Wan is not going to be directing this third chapter, so I say, if he is interested, give Leigh Whannell a shot at directing it.

  • Canucklehead

    Coming next Insidious 3 Insidiouser. They either need to go back to try and make a scary movie (which 2 wasnt) or go full on crazy with the 2 ghost hunters and the old lady and make something where no one can figure out what the hell is going on, like number 2, which the more I think about the more I was disappointed in. No blood, no scares, no plot (one that made sense anyway) and little in the way of acting. Someone wake Patrick Wilson up and tell him the shoot is over.

  • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

    I’m of two minds about this.

    On one hand, I’m happy other horror franchises are starting to emerge (Insidious, The Conjuring) to possibly overtake/and or obliterate Paranormal Craptivity into oblivion. As far as mainstream stuff goes, I’ve been DYING for something else to cling to since Saw died off a few years ago.

    On the other hand, franchises (especially horror) don’t get better with more films. A list:

    Halloween: Resurrection
    Halloween 2 (Zombie’s remake)
    Jason Goes To Hell
    The shitty Hellraiser films after the original
    The Children Of The Corn films (and to be honest, I thought the original was AVERAGE at best)
    Bride Of Chucky
    Seed Of Chucky
    Saw 5,4, & 7/3D

    More often than not, when it comes to horror, you can’t hope for an Empire Strikes Back, Godfather II, The Dark Night, Aliens, Toy Story 3, etc.

    From what I’ve seen on here, some of you enjoy Insidious 2 for being “cult classic” fun, others are indifferent to it, and a lot of you just hate it. But I’ve hardly seen any posts praising it is a truly good or great film. I try to stay optimistic, but more often than not, horror sequels are mediocre at best, or well, they just suck and/or can’t live up to the original.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I loved the first two, but I’d be lying if I said that continuing the franchise without James Wan is a great idea. If Wan doesn’t direct, I really hope they find someone who loves the genre and not just willing to work fast and cheap.

  • Marty McFly

    *rolls eyes* Great. Here we go again, another shitty “horror” franchise for the middle school kids to go see like Paranormal Activity. These fucking movies need to stop. Insidious is not scary, or compelling or even entertaining. Paranormal Activity is a fucking snore fest. Why the hell do these pieces of shit keep getting made???

  • E.V.-Suicide

    First 2 Films were pretty good, Def looking forward to the next film.

  • MidnightMayhem

    Yes, James Wan is a good director. However, Insidious would be NOTHING without Whannell’s writing talent. The way he organized all the concepts of Insidious into a story was amazing. I am sure that Wan will be around on this project, if not fully directing it. I can’t imagine how a person could leave such a successful franchise.