FilmDistrict, Alliance Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions announced today that they will bring "Insidious Chapter 2," the sequel to last year's hit film "Insidious" which captivated horror movie fans worldwide, to U.S. theatres on August 30, 2013 via FilmDistrict.
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins will reprise their roles in the film which James Wan, who directed "Insidious", will direct from a script written by Leigh Whannell who also wrote the first film. Jason Blum, who produced "Insidious," is producing the low-budget sequel through his Blumhouse Productions. Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Oren Peli , Steven Schneider, and Charles Layton are executive producing. Production on the sequel is set to begin on January 15, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict's CEO, stated, "We are all very excited to see the next chapter of James and Leigh's vision of the Further. It's great to be in business again with Blumhouse, Alliance and Sony.”
"Blumhouse is committed to empowering filmmakers to tell their stories and we are excited to do that once again with the team from the first "Insidious" including James and Leigh and the original cast," said Blum. "We also look forward to working with our partners on the first film- FilmDistrict, Alliance and Sony.”
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the U.S. rights to the film in conjunction with FilmDistrict. "Insidious Chapter 2" is being financed by Alliance Films. FilmDistrict will distribute the film theatrically in the United States, with Sony handling the majority of ancillary rights in the U.S. Alliance Films will distribute in Canada, the UK (via its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and Spain (via Aurum), and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will distribute in all other international territories.
The first "Insidious", starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, told the story of Josh and Renai Lambert and their son Dalton, confronting the demons that possess the young boy. The project was picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and distributed by FilmDistrict. It was released on April 1, 2011, and has grossed $97 million worldwide. With the picture's reported $1.5 million budget, it has led to the film being called the most profitable film of 2011.