Blumhouse announced today during the studio’s first-ever Blumfest that Patrick Wilson will be making his feature directorial debut for a fifth chapter of the INSIDIOUS horror franchise. In addition to his role as director, Wilson will also star alongside Ty Simpkins. Scott Teems is writing the script which is based on a story by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell.
Word coming from today’s big show is that the sequel will pick up with the Lamberts 10 years after the last installment, as Dalton (Simpkins) begins college.
“I’m honored and thrilled to be at the helm of the next Insidious installment, which will provide an amazing chance to unpack everything the Lamberts went through a decade ago, as well as deal with the consequences of their choices. Directing the movie is both professionally and personally a full-circle moment for me, and I am extremely grateful to be entrusted in continuing to tell this frightening and haunting story. Into the further we go…,” said Wilson.
“One of the primary reasons the interest and appetite from fans has lasted for Insidious is because the people involved in the first film have stayed involved and kept it vital, interesting, and good. I’m so grateful to our collaborators on the franchise,” said Jason Blum, excitedly, while dollar signs danced in his eyes.
Finally, Steven Bersch, President of Screen Gems, entered the conversation by saying, “We’re excited to have Patrick return as Josh and to make his directorial debut in a franchise he helped launch, and to drive the story further into the next generation with Ty.”
What other surprises do you think are in store for horror fans during today’s Blumfest presentation? Any predictions? More details for Whannell’s planned Upgrade sequel perhaps? Maybe another character from The Conjuring will get its own spin-off? Let us hear your predictions in the comments section below.