James Wan’s superb horror, The Conjuring (review), opened to massive success in the US a few weeks ago. The opening weekend figures for the film were a staggering $41.8 million, making it the biggest opening so far this year for a horror film. Not only that, but the film has now passed the $100 million mark in the US ($108 million to be exact) and has also performed very well here in the UK.
Made on a budget of just $13 million, the film has become a horror sensation in terms of profit, and has now become the sixth biggest supernatural horror EVER in the US, behind The Exorcist ($204.5 million), What Lies Beneath ($155 million), The Blair Witch Project ($141 million), The Ring US remake ($129 million) and The Grudge US remake ($110 million)Now, considering Wan did much of the same with Insidious, and will no doubt repeat this success (maybe even better it) with Insidious: Chapter Two, it is no wonder that more and more studios are supporting horror.
While The Conjuring has been a massive success, other low budget horrors like the Paranormal Activity franchise, Sinister and even The Blair Witch Project all those years ago, have proven that horror is an easy money maker for film studios, and this on-going climb in horror success stories of late is going to be a huge boost for our beloved genre.
After The Conjuring opened to record breaking figures for a horror in the US, New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers fast-tracked a sequel, with New Line very supportive of bringing another case file of The Warrens to our screens:
“Horror is very much a part of the DNA of New Line — ‘Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Friday the 13th,’ ‘The Rite,’ and the ‘Final Destination’ films,” notes New Line president Toby Emmerich. “This is as good a horror movie as we’ve ever made…. We think it will have great playability.”
He continued “We have Lorraine’s (Warren) permission and support, and we are working on developing another film,”
Sadly though, Wan is off to direct Fast & Furious 7 next, and with The Conjuring sequel set to be put into production very quickly, he will probably only serve as a producer. He did say this about the sequel though:
“There’s so many cases that one could pull out of [the Warrens’] files,” said the director. “I myself think the Annabelle story could be a great standalone movie. That whole story is really interesting and really really scary.”
Actress Vera Farmiga also told EW of her interest in returning to play the role of Lorraine Warren:
“You need a sequel every now and again for the bank account,” the actress laughed. “But for me, personally, it’s because I really enjoyed doing it. I love the camaraderie that Patrick and I have and I genuinely love the character. She’s an eccentric. I’d love to step in Lorraine’s shoes again. And again!”
Now, thanks to Aint It Cool News, some possible details on The Conjuring 2 have been revealed:
Thanks to the teasing final moments in The Conjuring, fans were expecting the sequel to focus on probably the most famous of The Warrens case file, the story of Amityville. However, with countless films and documentaries already made based on this terrifying story, it would make sense that The Conjuring 2 brings a new story to the table.
AICN reported that a tipster recently attended an intimate gathering at Lorraine Warrens home, and she spoke of how The Conjuring doubled box office predictions, and that writers Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes were already working on the script.
The case file they’re looking at occurs in the late ’70s and centers on two sisters in Enfield, England, who were allegedly possessed. Warren said she personally saw them levitate and even saw one of the sister dematerialize in front of her only to be found 20 minutes later stuffed into an oversized fuse box, contorted in such an unnatural way that they couldn’t have replicated it if they tried. She also said that the demon spoke directly to her husband on many occasions. Warren cited this case as one of the most terrifying experiences of her career.
Doing a little bit of research on it, this is widely considered a youngsters-playing-pranks case by most paranormal investigators.
With all the buzz surrounding The Conjuring still, I would hope that an official announcement is made soon.