What can you tell us about Insidious: Chapter 2?
Insidious 2 is a direct continuation of the first movie. We literally pick up from where we left off at the end of the first film. And whereas the first movie is a twist on the haunted house genre the second movie is a twist on the classic domestic thriller. It plays more like a domestic thriller but with a ghostly, supernatural spin to it.
Insidious 2 is your third movie with Patrick Wilson in as many years. He has a very handsome face — but are you not getting a little sick of looking at it?
[Laughs] He has very damn handsome face, yes. Fortunately, for a lot of us, his face is very easy to look at. No, I love Patrick. He’s a great collaborator. He gets me and I get him. I love that Patrick brings more to the table than is necessarily scripted. He brought so much to Insidious, he brought so much to The Conjuring, and he brought so much to Insidious 2 as well.
I saw you being interviewed recently and got the impression this might be the last Insidious film — or at least the last Insidious film with this cast.
Um…I don’t know. [Laughs] That’s my honest answer. I don’t know what will happen next.
What’s the status of Fast & Furious 7?
I’m in the preproduction stage right now. I’m in the process of designing my action sequences, working on ideas, and fleshing out things that we want to do with the characters. That’s been really fun.
Are you going to have a 27 mile runway in this one?
[Laughs uproariously] I’m going to have to top that, man! I’m going to make it 37. It’s going to be the runway that never ends.
Can you confirm that we will be seeing more of the gentleman who made a surprise cameo at the end of Fast & Furious 6?
Do you feel like the new kid coming into this franchise?
Okay, this is how I’ve been describing it: It is like being invited to a Thanksgiving dinner and the whole family’s at the dinner [table], already carving the turkey. And I walk in through the door and everyone stops and looks at me. And I’m standing there awkwardly going, “Hi! I’m here! Oh, that’s my seat? Okay, I’ll come and join the table.”
The other analogy that I use is that it’s like coming in and playing another person’s saved game. I know the characters, I know the stories, but now it’s up to me to pick it up from where it was left off and take it in a different direction — but a direction that has kind of been laid out, if that makes sense.
I have this vision of you suggesting something and Vin Diesel saying, “Yeah, we don’t do it like that around here.”
[Laughs] You know what? I’m pretty sure there’ll be some of that down the pipe. Who knows?
You can read much more about The Conjuring and Ed and Lorraine Warren in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. And you can check out the trailers for The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2 below.