James Wan has become horror’s golden boy over the past few years – a modern-day master of horror in a genre where many of the grandmasters of the form (Romero, Carpenter, Craven, Argento et al…) are reaching the latter stages of their careers. That reputation will only be bolstered by this weekend’s Insidious: Chapter 2 opening – the modestly budgeted film (made for a reported $5 million) hauled in over $40 million bucks, all but ensuring an Insidious 3 will happen.
The question is, will it happen without Wan’s involvement? Producer Jason Blum has revealed that he’s already got an idea for the third installment in mind (and the second film’s ending sets it up rather nicely), but Wan has recently gone on record saying he was done with horror – and that he hopes his work on the latest Fast & Furious film will pave the way to making other kinds of Hollywood films.
“I’m going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre. Conjuring and Insidious 2 are my two last scary movies,” the filmmaker told MovieFone back in July.
He went on to explain his reasoning by adding:
“I spent the last 10 years of my life doing this. It’s time for a change, for goodness sake!... Hollywood puts you in a box. If you do a successful comedy, then you’re known as the Comedy Guy. If you do a successful car chase movie, then you become that guy. So I’m a student of cinema, so I just want to make sure I get the chance to make other kinds of films.”
Blum, for his part, understands where Wan is coming from – no creative person wants to be pigeonholed for their entire career. He thinks the filmmaker will reconsider, though.
“I think he says he’s not gonna make another horror movie, but I’m sure that he will and it will be even better for having done Fast & Furious.”
Losing a talent like Wan would be a big blow to the genre, which struggles to gain mainstream traction under the best of circumstances. I suspect Wan will return to his genre roots too – maybe even for Insidious 3 – because someone’s gonna throw a lot of money at him and he’ll eventually realize that telling scary stories is something he’s good at and a decent way to make a living.
What do you guys think? Would you want to see an Insidious 3 directed by someone other than James Wan? If so, who gets your nod?
UPDATE: Looks like Insidious 3 is a go, according to THR.
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