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Last week, it was reported that James Wan ('Saw,' 'Death Sentence') was taking on New Line's upcoming 'MacGyver' movie; a strange property for adaptation, an even stranger choice for director. The word on the street was that the studio put Wan in the director's chair for 'MacGyver' because his new film 'The Conjuring' is testing through the roof. Well it seems that between the release of 'The Conjuring,' and this 'MacGyver' film, Wan will revisit one of his most accomplished films. 'Insidious Chapter 2' has been set for an August 30th, 2013 release. The movie will reteam Wan with the entire cast of 'Insidious' as well as writer Leigh Whannell. The movie will begin shooting January 15th in L.A.
This news is a mixed bag. On the one hand, I was a big fan of 'Insidious.' It was one of those haunted house movies that added clever twists to an old horror trope. It also featured some lingering, haunting images that bucked the tendency of contemporary horror to only use jump scares. I'm excited to see James Wan getting so much work in the wake of 'Insidious,' and especially happy to see that he is continuing to work in horror; 'MacGyver' notwithstanding. That being said, the idea of another 'Insidious' kind of concerns me. The fact that they're bringing back the whole cast is a bit troubling considering how the first one ended. I will say nothing more for fear of spoiling major plot points. I would rather see him continue to take on new, original horror projects than get shackled into doing sequels. I'm anxious to see 'The Conjuring' based on the positive buzz so far, but I don't know if that will make me feel better about this sequel or simply reaffirm that original projects are better suited for Wan.
What do you guys think? Excited for 'Insidious 2?' Any thoughts on where it might go?