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.”
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 has landed a solo movie. 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 subgenre. And with The Crooked Man, I would love to push it more down somewhat of that dark fairytale, and more whimsical, subgenre. I love the idea that, within the Conjuring universe, each of our little movies all have their own flavor, so that way they don’t feel like they’re the same films.”
Corin Hardy (The Hallow) has been roped in to work on a spin-off based on terrifying nun Valak. It stars Demian Bichir as a priest who travels to Rome to investigate the death of a young nun named Irene. Bonnie Aarons will reprise her role as a demon nun from Conjuring 2.
Gary Dauberman (co-scriptwriter for IT), the Nun scriptwriter sat for an interview with Collider had this to say:
“You know, James Wan has been really particular and he wants each movie in the universe to have its own sort of flavor and its own sense of style and not feel like it’s just kind of a rehash of what’s come before and I think The Nun takes a really cool approach that, you know, we haven’t seen before in some of the other movies.”
“It’s not just based on the location alone, like where he was very particular about no, it’s gotta be in Romania because of certain story elements, but also because of the production value you get from like, a castle in Transylvania, and this big looming thing, and you get the cross and the fog over the graveyard. It’s very atmospheric, it’s very moody. We talked a lot about the Hammer movies and stuff like that as sort of an influence. So it’s got that kind of vibe to it that I think it’s just different and sets it apart.”
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 a one of its kind horror universe which is 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.”
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