Patrick Wilson’s Return for Insidious 5: What Convinced Him to Come Back?

Patrick Wilson's Return for Insidious 5

After being granted the chance to direct the supernatural horror film, Insidious: The Red Door, Patrick Wilson was persuaded to return for the sequel.

Patrick Wilson quit the Blumhouse-produced series after acting in the popular supernatural horror films Insidious (2011) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), thinking that his days of confronting supernatural beings in the cinematic universe established by Leigh Whannell and James Wan were done.

Not because I was like, ‘Oh, my god. Saying, “I love these guys,” Wilson expressed his admiration for the band to Entertainment Weekly. Those filming experiences left me with wonderful recollections. I just thought, “Okay, I’ve rescued someone from possession, and now possession has taken hold of me. After all, what else is there to do?

Multiple variables, including Jason Blum’s desire to keep making them, Leigh Whannell’s germ of an idea for a fifth installment, and Wilson’s opportunity to direct, led to his return to the franchise. “Leigh Whannell had written a 15-, 20-page outline: Dalton going to college and then s— happens,” Wilson said. There was a brief appearance by [my character].

Initially, they made the pitch to my agent. My agency suggested I direct this film at Blumhouse because she and I had been exploring directing opportunities. They said, “That’s a great idea,” and they pitched it to me.

Patrick Wilson Responds to Insidious’s Call

Patrick Wilson Responds to Insidious's Call

Wilson got the call on the first day of filming for the third episode of his other eerie blockbuster, The Conjuring, which was directed by James Wan in 2013. “I said, ‘Just hold on a sec,'” Wilson explains. For my directorial debut, I decided against making a horror film or aiming to emulate James Wan’s style.

After giving it some thought for a day, I was like, “Are you kidding me?” Naturally, I’m interested in doing this. Where else could you possibly have the chance to do this? And then I began to wonder what it was I wanted to do in the story.

Wilson returns in Insidious: The Red Door, which may delight fans, but it’s likely his last time portraying Josh Lambert. When asked if this will be his final edition, Wilson replied, “Well, the quick answer is yes, but I will say, and this is probably not the best way to sell a movie, but it would be cool if way down the line, if Insidious was like the Boyhood of horror movies. Ty could do these movies for a long time. I think that’s really exciting as a filmmaker to do that and think it’s exciting for an audience to see that. I’m sure it’s exciting for a studio because the IP doesn’t go away for a studio. But Josh and Renai? Speaking on behalf of Rose [Byrne], no. I think we close our door.”

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