The hit horror franchise that began back in 2010 continues this summer with Insidious: Chapter 3, which will mark the directorial debut of series writer/star Leigh Whannell. Despite what the title suggests, it’s actually a prequel to the first two films, and it may not be the only prequel in store for us.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Whannell spoke about the potential future of the Insidious franchise, indicating that Chapter 3 sets the stage for an entirely new cinematic universe, centering on the pre-Insidous investigations of Elise, Specs and Tucker.
“This third film really sets up the Insidious universe to go on, if it was successful enough,” said the filmmaker. “Now you have Elise, the central character, as a medium, and she has her two kind of bumbling assistants, and you have all these years between the third film and the first movie: You’ve got 2009, 2010. Great years! I can imagine [it] being set up as almost a James Bond-esque franchise where Elise goes into different situations with different families, and is fighting or defeating these different demons. As far as it actually happening? I’m not sure yet. I’m actually quite superstitious about films [before they are] released. I always have been, but that’s gone into overdrive now I’m a director.”
In other words, if you want to see more Insidious films, be sure to head out to your local theater on June 5th and support Insidious: Chapter 3!
Written and directed by Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 sees gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agreeing to use her ability to contact the dead, in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.