Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald’s treasure hunt adventure Black Sea starring Jude Law as a submarine captain with a mutinous misfit crew will get a limited release January 23, Focus Features said today. Written by Dennis Kelly, Black Sea also stars Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Konstantin Khabenskiy and Michael Smiley. The only wide release dated that weekend is Universal’s Blumhouse thriller The Boy Next Door, directed by Rob Cohen and starring Jennifer Lopez.
Focus also unveiled two date changes today: Tarsem Singh’s sci-fi drama Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds and Michelle Dockery moves from February 27 to April 17, while Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3 slides from its spring date of April 3 to May 29. Both titles remain wide releases. Selfless will face off against Sony’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Disney doc Monkey Kingdom during the April 17-19 frame. Insidious: Chapter 3, starring Dermot Mulroney, will be up against Paramount’s Chris Wedge toon Monster Trucks.
Writer-director Leigh Whannell just announced on Twitter that Dermot Mulroney will star in Insidious: Chapter 3, the latest pic in the franchise produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, Oren Peli and James Wan. Plot and character details are being kept under wraps but the threequel also stars Jem and the Holograms‘ Stefanie Scott, who was cast earlier this month. Focus Features has set an April 3, 2015 release date in the U.S. Shooting begins July 7. Mulroney, repped by WME, was most recently in August: Osage County and the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs.
EXCLUSIVE: Stefanie Scott is set to star in Insidious: Chapter 3, the third installment of Focus Features, eOne, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, and Blumhouse Productions‘ hit horror franchise. Plot and character details are being kept under wraps. The threequel will be written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) in his helming debut. Scott is currently in production on Blumhouse’s live-action adaptation of ’80s cartoon Jem And The Holograms, making her the latest thesp to be cast in multiple Blumhouse pictures after In A Valley Of Violence stars Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillan, and James Ransone. The actress also starred recently on Disney’s high school sitcom A.N.T. Farm and appeared in features Flipped and No Strings Attached.
Focus Features took U.S. rights to Insidious: Chapter 3 from FilmDistrict when Peter Schlessel took the reins last October. The company has set an April 3, 2015 release. eOne is handling distribution in Canada, the U.K., and Spain while Sony has the remainder of international territories. The first Insidious pic scored $97M on a $1.5M budget, directed by Wan and written by Whannell. Sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 continued the demonic saga with Wan directing again from a Whannell script and notched $160M worldwide. Read More »
Insidious: Chapter 2 opened to a record-setting $41M in September, and now we know when the next installment of the franchise will arrive. With FilmDistrict — which released 2010′s Insidious and the sequel — having been absorbed into Focus Features, the latter will distribute Insidious: Chapter 3, and Focus said today that the threequel’s reign of terror will begin on April 3, 2015. It’ll open that weekend against Passengers, the Weinstein Co’s Keanu Reeves-Rachel McAdams sci-fi pic. Insidious regular and Saw alum Leigh Whannell is back to pen the script for Round 3, but no director has been set. Regular Whannell collaborator James Wan, who helm the first two Insidious pics, is working on Fast & Furious 7. Jason Blum will produce Chapter 3 for Blumhouse Productions with Oren Peli. Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman and Xavier Marchand are exec producing.
Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2 screenwriter Leigh Whannell will return to pen a third installment of the hit horror franchise for Blumhouse Productions, Entertainment One, FilmDistrict, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Conspicuously absent from today’s threequel announcement is Whannell’s longtime collaborator James Wan, who helmed both Insidious pics including last weekend’s record-breaking $41M opener sequel. Wan just began filming on Universal’s Fast & Furious 7, graduating to the big budgeted blockbuster after directing genre fare including the original Saw, Death Sentence, the microbudgeted Insidious franchise, and this year’s #1 horror opener The Conjuring. Jason Blum will produce the third Insidious pic for Blumhouse Productions with Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity). Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman and Xavier Marchand are executive producing. Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey reprised their roles in Insidious: Chapter 2 which continued the saga of the haunted Lambert family and left the door open for further supernatural sequels. Whannell is repped by Paradigm.