Next ‘Insidious’ Chapter Gets Green Light, New Director

Blumhouse Productions this week confirmed that the Insidious horror franchise will go “Further” with a fifth installment–and with one of the original film’s stars sitting in the director’s chair.

Patrick Wilson–who headlined the first two films in the Insidious series–will make his directorial debut with this next as-yet-untitled chapter, according to comicbook.com. But fans will have a bit of a wait for this new film–the new Insidious isn’t scheduled to hit the Silver Screen until 2022.

Wilson also will be in front of the cameras for the new movie, along with the returning Ty Simpkins, who will reprise his Dalton Lambert character from the first two films.

The fledgling director said in a statement that he is “honored and thrilled” to direct this fifth installment, which will “provide an amazing chance to unpack everything the Lamberts went though a decade ago, as well as deal with the consequences of their choices.”

Blumhouse head honcho Jason Blum lauded the franchise, saying one of the reasons fans have stuck with the series through the last decade “is because the people involved in the first film have stayed involved and kept it vital, interesting and good.”

The original 2010 Insidious–directed by James Wan from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell–starred Wilson, Simpkins, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey and Lin Shaye. The storyline follows a couple whose son inexplicably slips into a comatose state and becomes a vessel for entities in an astral dimension called “The Further” who want to inhabit his body.

The original film–a box office smash that grossed $97 million worldwide on a $1.5-million budget–spawned one sequel, Chapter 2 (2013), and two prequels, Chapter 3 (2015) and The Last Key (2018).

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on casting choices and production schedules for the new Insidious film.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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