Insidious 5 is officially happening and the horror sequel will mark Patrick Wilson's directorial debut.
A fifth Insidious movie might be a surprise to some after the fourth movie, Insidious: The Last Key, received the worst reviews of the series to date. However, that movie also ended up being the highest-grossing of the series with $168 million worldwide.
That might not seem like much, but the fourth movie had a reported budget of only $10 million. Overall, the series has grossed more than $540 million worldwide from a reported overall budget of just over $25 million, so a fifth movie seemed inevitable.
"One of the primary reasons the interest and appetite from fans has lasted for Insidious is because the people involved in the first film have stayed involved and kept it vital, interesting and good," said producer Jason Blum.
And the series is finally going back to its roots after two prequel movies, as Insidious 5 will bring back the Lambert family after their supernatural encounters in the first two movies.
But what else can we expect from Insidious 5? Here's everything you need to know.
Insidious 5 release date: When can we expect Insidious 5?
During the movie's announcement at BlumFest, it was confirmed that the fifth movie would be arriving in cinemas "some time in 2022", according to Jason Blum.
The producer didn't get any more specific than that and the release dates of the previous four movies don't point to a specific time of year, having been released in April, September, June and January, respectively.
Perhaps they'll aim for a Halloween release in 2022, which would give them some flexibility in terms of filming the sequel next year.
Insidious 5 cast: Who's coming back for Insidious 5?
The only confirmed cast members so far for the fifth movie are Patrick Wilson as Josh Lambert and Ty Simpkins as his son Dalton Lambert.
Despite her death in the first movie, Lin Shaye has been an ever-present in the series as Elise Rainier so we'd expect her to be back again as Elise's ghost, along with Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson as Elise's colleagues Specs and Tucker.
It's not yet clear if Rose Byrne will be back as Renai Lambert or Barbara Hershey as Josh's mother Lorraine, both last seen in the franchise in Insidious: Chapter 2. (Insidious: The Last Key used archive footage of the pair.)
Behind the scenes, Halloween Kills writer Scott Teems has written the script based on a story by the franchise's co-creator Leigh Whannell, while as mentioned above, Patrick Wilson makes his directorial debut.
Insidious 5 plot: What will Insidious 5 be about?
Plot details are scarce right now, but we do know that the fifth movie will take place 10 years after the end of Chapter 2 as Dalton begins college.
Talking about why he decided to make Insidious 5 his directorial debut, Wilson did offer some hints about what we can expect and how the fifth movie connects to the events of the first two movies.
"We rarely get the opportunity to come back 10 years later, especially if you think about the lore of Insidious and this family, specifically me and Tye, [with] our characters being hypnotised, what does that do to a family after 10 years?," he explained.
"Watching Dalton go to college and what does that do? Watching a young man go to college and all the new experiences and feeling like an outsider trying to fit in. He's got this ability that he doesn't even know that he has of being an astral projector and traveller.
"After so long, are we still hypnotised? Is there still that trance? What does that do to your life? What does that do to your marriage? And then what does that do for a father and son relationship?"
In case you needed reminding, the end of Chapter 2 saw Josh and Dalton allowing themselves to have their memories suppressed again so they'd forget all about The Further and all the demons it holds, include the Bride in Black and Lipstick-Face Demon.
We can't see it being an Insidious movie without a trip into The Further, so we'll wait and see what persuades Josh and/or Dalton to head back into the spirit realm.
Insidious 5 trailer: Any Insidious 5 footage yet?
Sadly, it hasn't started filming, but depending on its release date in 2022, we could see some first-look footage at Halloween 2021, perhaps timed with the release of Halloween Kills in cinemas.
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