The Conjuring began as a solo horror adventure but instead became a major franchise in the genre. It is the story of two supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Famiga who help families fight evil demons and overcome darkness surrounding them. The director James Wan once again proved that he is one of the best people working in Hollywood who can restore the magic of classic horror movies.
James Wan spoke extensively about the future horror movies as part of “The Conjuring” franchise. Here’s what he had to say on The Conjuring 3:
“When we were starting out, when we made the first Conjuring, we always kind of quietly, jokingly, among ourselves, felt that the world of the Warrens, and all the interesting artifacts they have in their haunted room, could have their own stories and therefore spawn movies. We had hopes and aspirations but we never thought in our wildest dreams that we could actually go on and do it…We’ve been working hard on Conjuring 3. Of course, that is something that I am not neglecting. The Conjuring movies are still the mothership and the mothership needs to be strong. The mothership needs to be strong for all these other jet fighters to shoot out of. So, we’re in the midst of working on the script, and still hashing it out. We want to make sure that the script is in a really good place. With how much people have loved the first two Conjuring, I don’t want to rush into the third one if possible.”
He made Furious 7 which is one of the highest grossing movies of all time, so he ruled out working on Conjuring 3 as he is busy with Aquaman project.
The New Line has now given green signal to another spin-off based on the character “The Crooked Man” who made a horrifying debut in The Conjuring 2 and is now the second character to have landed a solo movie after Valek the nun. The Hollywood Reporter has broken this news, they also claimed that director James Wan has hired writer Mike Van Waes to pen the script.
The character of Crooked Man comes from nursery English rhyme:
“There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile. He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile. He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse. And they all lived together in a little-crooked house.”
Here’s what James Wan had to say about the movie based on “Crooked Man”:
“Early stages, kind of like cooking away. But we think we have a really exciting story. What we want to do, with The Conjuring universe, is we want each of our little offshoots to have a very different flavor, right? So, for example, Annabelle is the classic sort-of haunted doll sub genre. And with The Crooked Man, I would love to push it more down somewhat of that dark fairy tale, and more whimsical, sub genre. I love the idea that, within the Conjuring universe, each of our little movies all has their own flavor, so that way they don’t feel like they’re the same films.”
In 2014, the first spin-off Annabelle came out and made over $250 million at the box office, while the cost of production was just $7 million. Although, the movie has its fair share of critics. Annabelle 2 is coming out later this year with a director of ‘Lights Out’ David F. Sandberg at the helm. Corin Hardy (The Hollow) has been roped in to work on a spin-off based on terrifying nun Valek.
Here’s what James Wan had to say on “The Nun” set to arrive next summer:
“I love Corin. That guy is amazing. I put Corin in the same camp as David. You know, like, really young, hungry, upcoming filmmakers, full of passion for the genre. Corin is such a monster movie-nut and I just love the guy’s passion. All these up-and-coming filmmakers remind me of what I was when I started with Saw. That’s the kind of filmmakers I would love to continue to foster through Atomic Monster. So, I’m very excited for what Corin has done with The Nun, and right now we’re in post-production, putting the film together.”
In this way, the Conjuring makers have been able to create one of its kind horror universes which are getting bigger and better. THR calls James Wan as “chief architect of the conjuring universe”. He said “If I could pull off an Avengers of the Conjuring universe, I would love for that to happen. We’ll see. It could be fun.”
Well, let’s see how it pans out and all the best to James.
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