It stands to reason that following the big success of ‘The Devil Inside’ a sequel will be in the offing.
Steven Schneider, one of the executive producers, tried to play down the sequel stories when he spoke to The Wrap, saying that it was a little premature to be thinking about that, and everyone is still taking in the remarkable run the movie had and feeling great about it all.
Schneider however, who also produced Insidious, Paranormal Activity 3, admitted that he had thought about there being more Devil Inside to come. He said that the filmmakers, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and himself would all love to further explore the story with the studio and that they all believed that there was plenty of potential to carry on from the original with their storylines and he expected talks to take place soon.
The Devil Inside bucked the trend for January openings and beat off the box office blues with an impressive $34.5m opening weekend. This is even more impressive when you consider that Paramount Insurge acquired this low budget flick for only $1m, even with such big names on board as Di Bonaventura (Salt and Transformers). The executive producer Matthew Peterman wrote the film with Brent Bell the director, and no-one expected this success.
Schneider gave TheWrap a wide ranging interview, that included him refusing to be drawn on any future films in the phenomenally successful Paranormal franchise, although he did say that it was a series they were obviously excited about and didn’t think that anyone felt that they have even come close to exhausting it. He also surprisingly said that found footage was still in its infancy, and he wasn’t bothered about the bad reviews for Devil.
He said that many reviewers classed found footage as a genre that had long past its sell by date, but he says that the fact Devil opened to such huge numbers proved them all wrong. In Schneiders personal opinion, found footage films democratised the whole process of filmmaking, and was driven by a concept that could constantly be new and fresh.
He said that the genre was also a format that allowed smaller and none traditional filmmakers to make their mark as it made filmmaking affordable. Regarding the poor reviews which Devil received, Schneider said that it led to healthy conversations and also, controversially, that it highlighted how out of touch reviewers were with what the public actually enjoyed.
The film, according to Schneider, is ultimately all about the viewer, and that it was all par for the course with the horror genre that is a film is doing badly, nobody is bothered about there being any resentment or negative opinions from the critics. Schneider is also the author of several books including ‘Psychoanalysis:Freud’s Worst Nightmares’ and ‘The Horror’ and remains philosophical, as all good philosophers should.
As a producer, however, he remains practical, as all good producers should, and he says he understands the some viewers will find the ending of Devil upsetting. He said that generating controversy to stimulate interest in nothing new in the horror genre, and they made the decision to go with their bold choices, and felt they had made the right one, and the films success seems to prove it.