Focus Features, Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), and Blumhouse Productions announced today that Insidious: Chapter 3 has begun production in Los Angeles. Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, is writing and directing the new movie.
To commemorate the start of production of the series’ newest chapter, Focus is launching a sweepstakes on the official Insidious Facebook (www.facebook.com/InsidiousMovie) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/InsidiousMovie) pages. Insidious buffs and fans will have the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of Insidious: Chapter 3. The contest begins on Tuesday, July 22nd, and ends on Friday, July 25th. The contest’s complete official rules can be accessed at: www.focusfeatures.com/article/insidious_set_visit.
Insidious: Chapter 3 stars Dermot Mulroney (of August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (of Blumhouse’s upcoming Jem and the Holograms) alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise.
In Insidious: Chapter 3, a twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further
Focus Features will release Insidious: Chapter 3 domestically nationwide on Friday, May 29th, 2015. eOne will distribute the picture in Canada, U.K., and Spain; and Sony will distribute the picture in the rest of the world. Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who produced both previous movies in the series, is producing the next installment with returning producer Oren Peli and franchise co-creator James Wan, who directed the two earlier films written by Mr. Whannell with story by Mr. Wan and Mr. Whannell. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steven Schneider, Charles Layton, and Xavier Marchand are executive-producing Insidious: Chapter 3.
Insidious, released in 2011, and Insidious: Chapter 2, released in 2013, grossed a combined $257 million worldwide.
About Blumhouse Productions
Blumhouse Productions, which has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, is a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking – producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release. Since its launch, Blumhouse has produced the highly profitable Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister franchises. For television, Blumhouse is working on both scripted and non-scripted shows including projects for Syfy (Ascension), MTV (Eye Candy), ABC and Mike Darnell. Blumhouse previously executive-produced the Emmy-nominated and Critics’ Choice Award winner The Normal Heart for HBO, Stranded for Syfy, and The River for ABC. Blumhouse’s upcoming micro-budget wide releases include Ouija and The Boy Next Door for Universal. Whiplash with Sony Pictures Classics, which won both the Grand Jury and Audience prizes at Sundance, will be out this fall.
About Focus Features
Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) makes, acquires, and releases movies from rising and established talent and filmmakers. The company is moving forward with a diverse slate, with most being wide releases appealing to a range of moviegoers. Staying true to the company’s roots, the slate will also include several specialty films each year.
In addition to Insidious: Chapter 3, current and upcoming releases from Focus include Wish I Was Here, the new comedy from actor/director Zach Braff; the true-life dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner; Black Sea, the suspenseful adventure thriller starring Jude Law for Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald; The Boxtrolls, the new family event movie from LAIKA, directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable with a voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, and Tracy Morgan; the romantic drama The Theory of Everything, directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh and starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones; Tarsem Singh’s Selfless, starring Ryan Reynolds and Michelle Dockery; Race, the spectacular true story of Olympic legend Jesse Owens, directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Stephan James, Jeremy Irons, and Jason Sudeikis; and Fifty Shades of Grey, the highly anticipated film adaptation of E L James #1 bestselling book that is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
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