‘Insidious 3’ In The Works, Leigh Whannell Will Pen The Sequel

Insidious 3 is in the works thanks to the sequel’s popularity at the box office over the weekend.

James Wan’s low-budget horror flick Insidious: Chapter 2 was a surprise hit with moviegoers over the past three days. The $5 million chiller generated a whopping $41 million from audiences in North America. Not surprisingly, producers are hoping to get the ball rolling on another movie.

Entertainment One, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), and FilmDistrict announced today (September 16) that Insidious 3 is quickly coming together. Insidious and Insidious 2 writer Leigh Whannell will reportedly handle scripting duties on the next project.

“This weekend moviegoers enjoyed the terrifying continuation of the first film and we are confident they will be excited to see the third chapter of the ‘Insidious’ world. There is nobody better suited to bring audiences the next chapter of this haunting story than Leigh,” the companies explained.

“FilmDistrict, eOne and SPWA have been incredible partners on the ‘Insidious’ franchise. We are all so grateful for how audiences embraced James Wan and Leigh’s latest film and are excited to see what Leigh has in store for the third chapter,” producer Jason Blum explained.

Although Insidious 3 producers have wrangled Leigh Whannell for the project, it’s doubtful that director James Wan will return for the follow-up. The filmmaker is presently shooting the star-studded sequel Fast and Furious 7 in Atlanta with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

During a chat with the folks at Moviefone, Wan announced that Insidious: Chapter 2 and The Conjuring would serve as his last trip into the world of cinematic horror.

“I’m going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre. ‘Conjuring’ and ‘Insidious 2′ are my two last scary movies. I spent the last ten years of my life doing this. It’s time for a change,” Wan explained during his interview with the website.

Are you excited that Insidious 3 is in the works? If James Wan doesn’t return to direct the feature, then who do you think should step behind the camera?

[Image via FilmDistrict]