New Line Cinema, the studio behind one of modern horror’s biggest success stories (The Conjuring and its sequel), has begun production on a third film in the series, they announced today. David Leslie Johnson, who wrote The Conjuring 2, will return to write the third movie….but what of the most important ingredient, the scary movie knowhow of director James Wan? Without Wan you’d have….well, Annabelle.
The good news is that Wan will be involved in the production of Conjuring 3 in some capacity, but the bad news is he won’t be as involved as he once was. His directorial duties are currently tied up in an Aquaman movie for Warner Bros, due out in late 2018. Wan is serving as producer on Conjuring 3, not director.
New Line hasn’t announced who will be filling Wan’s shoes yet, but we do know Conjuring 3 will differ from its predecessors in that it won’t take place in a haunted house. Peter Safran, another producer involved in Wan’s production company, told Cinema Blend “Clearly we can’t do another haunted house movie, right? We can’t do another supernatural possession in a house, with a family in peril. Right? So, it’s got to be something different than that, I think.”
The stories the Conjuring movies use are pulled from the bestselling books by Ed and Lorraine Warren, and not all of them take place in haunted houses. “There are some [cases] that maybe aren’t as well known, but they spent a fair bit of time researching and were part of [them],” said Safran. Whether you believe those books or not, there’s enough fodder for multiple future films.
And we will get them. New Line is spreading the Conjuring universe as thin as they can — spinoff flicks are in production for the specters (such as the nun) introduced in Conjuring 2. We don’t know what kind of monster the Warrens will run into in Conjuring 3, we just know it will get its own movie at some point.