There’s no question that James Wan’s The Conjuring was one of the best horror films of 2013, and was also one of the most successful supernatural horrors of all time. We have already heard sequel talk, and below you will also find rumours of just what the sequel could be about (reported last August).
However, things have not been moving forward quite as fast as we would expect, but it could be because New Line and the rest of the team behind The Conjuring are waiting for director James Wan to return to direct. However, star of The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, who played ultra famous paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren, says that the sequel is on track, and is a high priority for New Line. In an interview with AICN she said:
“As you know, I cherish my collaborations with Patrick [Wilson] and with James [Wan], and I really have an admiration for the woman that I play. I think it’s an important story,” she tells the site. “I’m not just making another horror flick. I really think this is the go-to gal for over the last five decades that people have gone to for discernment on certain negative mysticism. It’s a crazy subject matter. It’s bigger than my brain can contemplate. So, I’m hoping to see Conjuring 2 sooner than later.”
Naturally, we would all love to see Wan return to direct, even though he announced late last year that he was “done with the horror genre”. Busy directing Fast & Furious 7, and dealing with the loss of its star Paul Walker, Wan will not be available to direct The Conjuring sequel any time soon, even if he wanted to. The hold up for the sequel could be that New Line are waiting for Wan to finish Fast & Furious 7, and then hope to invite him back for the sequel, or it could simply be that the story is being worked out so that a new director can take charge and hopefully deliver a film as good as Wans. Farmiga had this to say on the hold up:
“I think so. There are so many more stories to tell, and obviously it was a vital thing for New Line, and it seems implausible to not go for number 2 and even number 3. But, I don’t know anything concrete just yet. I think it’s being figured out right now. Because of course, we’d love to have James Wan at the helm, and he’s experienced a certain measure of…stress recently.”
Obviously as soon as there is concrete news on the sequel, we will let you know. For now though, here is what we reported last year on what could potentially be the sequels plot:
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.
While on the subject of The Conjuring, some casting updates have been discovered on IMDB for the soon to be filming prequel, Annabelle.
Eric Ladin (“The Killing”) and Brian Howe (“Justified”) have joined the cast, and they will be joining Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton.
James Wan’s regular cinematographer John R. Leonetti will be directing The Annabelle Story, but Bloody Disgusting have discovered more. The site reports that Warner Brothers and New Line are not planning just the one spin-off and a sequel, but three micro-budget spin-offs.