Last year, nouveau-horror mavens James Wan and Leigh Whannell produced their second low-budget smash hit in "Indisious," a film that went on to gross over $50 million on a million dollar budget. In true horror fashion, a sequel was inevitable, and FilmDistrict has confirmed that "Insidious Chapter 2" will arrive in theaters on August 30, 2013.
Earlier this year, both Wan and Whannell indicated that they'd reteam for a sequel, and FilmDistrict's press release confirms that the duo is back on board. The first film's principal cast will also reunite, as Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins have signed on for the follow-up.
No plot details have emerged, but the cast's return implies that the sequel will be a direct continuation of the events in the first film, which found Byrne and Wilson playing a couple whose son was haunted by a malevolent demon from the netherworld. On Twitter, Whannell also confirmed that Angus Simpson would return to play Tucker, one half of the ghost-busting duo that aided the family's paranormal investigation.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in January, and it'll be the first time Wan has helmed a sequel. While he and Whannell exploded onto the scene with "Saw" in 2004, Wan only served as a writer on "Saw III," though he did stick around in a producing capacity for each sequel.
Next summer is set up to be a monstrous one for Wan, whose haunted house period piece "The Conjuring" is slated for release in July. Warner Brothers and New Line are said to be very high on the project, so much so that the studios attached Wan to direct their upcoming "MacGyver" reboot.
Horror fans who have been starved in recent summers are also set to be spoiled next year; not only are "The Conjuring" and "Insidious Chapter 2" on the menu, but so is "You're Next," the home invasion festival darling from last year that will finally see release a week before Wan and Whannell's spectral sequel.