While James Wan was the man behind the first two installments of the Insidious series, his involvement with The Fast & The Furious 7 has ruled him out of reprising his duties for the third movie, meaning that a new director was needed. Thankfully, Blumhouse Productions didn't have to look too far for a replacement, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote andco-starred in the original two movies, has signed up to write and direct the third flick.
Whannell's involvement will defuse a potentially tricky situation for Blumhouse, with a change to a director not previously involved in a serious can often prove to be unsuccessful, especially for a franchise with such a cult following as Insidious.
Although unashamedly silly in places, the series is a firm favourite around these parts thanks to some properly terrifying moments, and it would have been a shame to see that change due to Wan's other commitments. Whannell is no stranger to the horror genre away from Insidious, either, having worked with Wan on the creation of the Saw series.
Insidious and Insidious: Chapter Two have cost a relatively miniscule $6.5m combined to produce, but have earned an impressive total of around $161m at the global box office, marking them as major success stories.