Interview: James Wan & Leigh Whannell on Insidious Chapter 2


Shortly after the smash success of Insidious in 2010, there were lots of sequel rumblings. Would director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell try to repeat that success? Was there even more story to tell? When we spoke to Jason Blum the year of that film’s release, he told a sequel would be contingent on simply Wan and Whannell.

Then came word that Wan was off to direct The Conjuring (this summer’s horror hit) – would he feel up for directing another supernatural thriller? The answer was “yes” and Insidious Chapter 2 was born, a sequel Wan would return to direct for Blumhouse Productions with another script by Whannell. The original cast agreed to return for a story that picks up immediately where the first film left off and follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

Insidious Chapter 2 would mark yet another collaboration between Wan and Whannell who, after Saw, would also work together on Dead Silence.

Due to Wan’s increasingly busy schedule on Fast & Furious 7, FilmDistrict had to line up press interviews for Insidious Chapter 2 before Comic-Con. You can check out our discussion with Wan, as well as Whannell, by clicking here.