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Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne to reprise roles for Insidious sequel

By Liza Foreman

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - FilmDistrict, Alliance Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will bring "Insidious Chapter 2," the sequel to last year's hit film "Insidious," to U.S. theaters on August 30, 2013, the companies announced Monday.

Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins will reprise their roles in the film, which "Insidious" director James Wan will direct from a script written by Leigh Whannell who also wrote the first film.

Jason Blum, who produced "Insidious," is producing the low-budget sequel through his Blumhouse Productions. Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Oren Peli, Steven Schneider, and Charles Layton are executive producing. Production on the sequel is set to begin on January 15 in Los Angeles.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the U.S. rights to the film in conjunction with FilmDistrict. The film is being financed by Alliance Films. FilmDistrict will distribute the film theatrically in the United States, with Sony handling the majority of ancillary rights in the U.S.

Alliance Films will distribute in Canada, the U.K. (via its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and Spain (via Aurum), and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will distribute in all other international territories.

Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict's CEO, said: "We are all very excited to see the next chapter of James and Leigh's vision of the Further. It's great to be in business again with Blumhouse, Alliance and Sony."

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