News: INSIDIOUS Sequel Announced

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 COMING TO U.S. THEATERS ON AUGUST 30, 2013

Original Cast Returns to Star in the Sequel of the 2011 Blockbuster

which will Commence Production on January 15, 2013

Los Angeles  November 19, 2012 – 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.

Wan most recently directed THE CONJURING for Warner Bros. The film, which reunited him with INSIDIOUS star Patrick Wilson, will open on July 19. Wan is also set to direct a feature adaptation of the hit television series MACGYVER for Warner Bros.

Wilson and Byrne are represented by CAA. Byrne is also represented by RGM Artist Group.  Shaye is represented by Don Buchwald & Assoc. / Fortitude.  Simpkins is represented by ICM Partners. Wan and Whannell are represented by Paradigm and Stacey Testro International.

Blumhouse, which produced INSIDIOUS, has created a model of producing low-budget genre films for wide release and the company has produced five movies in the past two years that out grossed their budgets on opening weekend, most recently SINISTER and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/.

ABOUT ALLIANCE FILMS

Alliance Films, Inc. is one of the top five independent filmed entertainment companies in the world. A leading multinational distributor, co-financier and producer of filmed entertainment, its member companies, Alliance Films and Alliance Vivafilm (Canada); Momentum Pictures(UK) and Aurum Producciones (Spain), offer integrated delivery of content in all media.

Strategic partnerships include exclusive distribution rights to films from Relativity Media in Canada and the UK and Summit in Spain ; Focus Features, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company, and CBS Films in Canada; as well as  ongoing relationships with FilmNation Entertainment, Exclusive Media, IM Global, Lionsgate International, Wild Bunch, Constantin Films, EuropaCorp and Nu Image in all three territories. 

ABOUT FILMDISTRICT

FilmDistrict is a leading independent distribution, acquisition, co-production and feature film financing entity designed to bring commercially viable films to targeted audiences across the US.  The company releases on average 8 films per year with recent notable releases that include the horror thriller INSIDIOUS, LOOPER, SOUL SURFER, and DRIVE.  Upcoming FilmDistrict releases include RED DAWN starring Chris Hemsworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, and Josh Peck on November 21, 2012; the romantic comedy PLAYING FOR KEEPS starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Greer, and Dennis Quaid on December 7, 2012; DEAD MAN DOWN starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, and Dominic Cooper on March 8, 2013; and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, and Angela Bassett on April 5, 2013.

ABOUT BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS

Blumhouse Productions, founded by Jason Blum, 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 in 2000, Blumhouse produced more than 30 feature films including some of the most profitable movies of all time. In the past two years, Blumhouse has produced five movies that out grossed their budgets on opening weekend including most recently Sinister (October 12th 2012) and Paranormal Activity 4 (October 19th, 2012). Blum also produced the first three films in the wildly successful Paranormal Activity franchise. The company’s next movie is the Scott Stewart directed Dark Skies for Alliance/Dimension which opens on February 22nd, 2013. Since announcing a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, Blumhouse has wrapped production on The Purge with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Mockingbird, directed by Bryan Bertino. Blumhouse has also wrapped on Jessabelle for Lionsgate.

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