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Apr072011

'Insidious' Director James Wan Finds Low-Budget Success

Filmdistrict(LOS ANGELES) -- James Wan, the director of the original Saw film, has found success with another low-budget horror flick, Insidious. He says the film cost only $800,000, but enjoyed a $13.3 million debut last weekend -- that's about 60 times the cost of production. Wan says the key to making a great low-budget movie is having a great script.  "They know they're not going to come in for a payday," he says of the cast and crew, "so you have to entice them with a project they cannot get otherwise, and so it always starts with a great script."

Given his low-budget success, does Wan want to make a big-budget Hollywood film?  "Hell yes!" he declares.  "That's my goal."  Ironically, though, he says his low-budget success is working against him: "The problem is the fact that I keep proving myself that I can make successful films for next to no money, it makes it a lot harder for them to give me a bigger budget to work with."

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