If anyone has a natural claim on the director's seat of an "Insidious" sequel besides James Wan, it would be Leigh Whannell.
Sure enough, the news broke today via Wan's Twitter account that Whannell will indeed step behind the camera for "Insidious: Chapter Three," marking Whannell's directorial debut. He and Wan have been creative partners since the release of "Saw," and the last few years, Whannell has been on a hell of a roll in general.
This year, one of the highlights of SXSW for me was the film "The Mule," which Whannell co-wrote and co-starred in, and his co-writer on that one was Anghus Sampson, who also directed it and who appears in the "Insidious" films as Whannell's paranormal investigation partner. That film is a tremendously entertaining character piece about a worst-case scenario for a first-time drug mule, and it serves as proof to me that Whannell is capable of more than just one genre. Our industry is so aggressive about putting people in boxes that it felt like an important moment for Whannell and Sampson as filmmakers.