Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell‘s 2011 creeper Insidious was a box office success, even though the general consensus was that the second half sucked. But since it made a profit, a sequel was only natural. The filmmaking duo have fallen into the trappings of sequels before with the Saw franchise that they started, but for Insidious: Chapter 2 they decided to take the reigns themselves. The result is a mixed bag of cheap jump scares and effective atmosphere that makes you wonder, was this a story that really needed to be told? Now Insidious: Chapter 2 is available on a solid Sony Blu-ray. Hit the jump for my review of the package.
After Bryce Dallas Howard entered early talks for the female lead last month, casting continues on director Colin Trevorrow’s highly anticipated sequel Jurassic World. Deadline reports that 12-year-old Insidious and Iron Man 3 star Ty Simpkins has booked a lead role in the film, confirming that the franchise staple of children being terrorized by dinosaurs will continue in this fourth entry. Additionally, the report notes that New Girl star Jake Johnson may be in the mix for a role, which would reunite the actor with his Safety Not Guaranteed director.
Plot details are being kept firmly under wraps, but the film was initially scripted by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and boasts rewrites by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Expect plenty more casting news in the coming weeks as production looks to begin early next year in anticipation of the June 12, 2015 release date.
FilmDistrict has released a new batch of images from Insidious: Chapter 2. Additionally, the studio invites you to participate in a séance at the official site. It is a neat bit of interactive promotional material as long as you don’t mind granting access to your webcam—worth a couple minutes if you are a fan of the first movie and care to role the dice.
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey star. The James Wan-directed sequel opens September 13. See the images after the jump.
- Insidious: Chapter 2 – Rose Byrne is hammer mom in the first poster for James Wan’s upcoming horror sequel. The film opens September 13th and also stars Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, and Lin Shaye.
- You’re Next – Lionsgate has released an excellent new poster for Adam Wingard’s terrific home invasion thriller. The film opens August 23rd and stars Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton, Wendy Glenn, Margaret Laney, Rob Moran, Nicholas Tucci, and Ti West.
- Seventh Son – Ben Barnes features as the eponymous Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in the new Comic-Con character poster. The film opens January 17, 2014, and stars Jeff Bridges, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou, and Julianne Moore.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
FilmDistrict has released the first trailer and images for director James Wan’s horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2. The majority of the cast from the first film returns in this follow-up, which finds the Lambert family trying to uncover the mysteries behind the childhood secret that has made them prone to some rather spooky paranormal events. Having not seen the first film, I don’t necessarily find anything in this trailer scary (Wan’s other 2013 horror film The Conjuring, on the other hand, looks terrifying). Chapter 2 almost looks like more of a thriller than a horror pic, but I’m sure fans of the first movie will be glad to wade back into the world of Insidious this fall.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to check out our recap from the trailer event and Q&A with Wan. The film stars Ty Simpkins, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Lin Shaye. Insidious: Chapter 2 opens on September 13th.
Although Iron Man 3 has already had its world premiere, we here in the States have to wait a little over a week before we get to see it. In the meantime, a new TV spot and 10 new images feature not only the principal cast of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, but new looks at the supporting cast. We get new looks at James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, Guy Pearce and Ty Simpkins, plus a TV spot takes us inside the surprisingly rustic cabin retreat of Tony Stark.
Also starring Don Cheadle and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 3rd. Hit the jump to watch the TV spot and check out the new images.
Things are moving quickly on the sequel to 2011’s horror hit Insidious. We learned this February that director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell were reteaming for the follow-up, and FilmDistrict announced today that Insidious Chapter 2 will be hitting theaters on August 30, 2013. Wan is again directing from a script by Whannell, and Jason Blum is back to produce through his Blumhouse Productions company. Moreover, the first film’s cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins will also be back to reprise their roles.
Not plot details are given, but production on the low-budget sequel is set to begin on January 15, 2013. Hit the jump to read the full press release.