Director James Wan (The Conjuring, Saw) took to Twitter yesterday to announce the beginning of pre-production on The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.
Wan stated: “Here we GO. First day of official preproduction on #Conjuring2. After a much needed break, its good to b back at work” and included a sort of pre-production teaser image for the film, including what appear to be a couple of set-reference photos:
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist will see the big screen return of paranormal investigators/demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, with original actors Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprising their roles, as the pair investigate the ‘Enfield Poltergeist’.
With the surprisingly smashing box office of The Conjuring, it is little wonder that New Line Cinemas did everything they could to pull their lead actors, the director, and even the writers (Carey & Chad Hayes) of the original back together for the upcoming sequel, which is slated for release on June 10, 2016. Wan having been especially busy of late including directing the smash hit Furious 7 and being tapped to direct the upcoming Aquaman big screen adaptation, is perhaps the biggest surprise to come back, but considering his horror pedigree, perhaps this is something he really wanted to do, rather than risk seeing his ‘baby’ in the hands of another director.
The story of the film is set around the Warrens’ investigation of the ‘Enfield Poltergeist’, which is a paranormal event that took place in London and affected the Hodgson family: Peggy Hodgson (a single mother) and her four children: Margaret, 12, Janet, 11, Johnny, 10, and Billy, 7. Beginning in 1977, the family (and Janet in particular) began to experience paranormal occurrences that involved “levitation, furniture being moved through the air, and flying objects swirling towards witnesses. There were cold breezes, physical assaults, graffiti, water appearing on the floor, and even claims of matches spontaneously bursting into flame.”
If you are interested in reading more about the events surround the real ‘Enfield Poltergeist’, I suggest our earlier coverage of the events here, or this recent article from The Daily Mail for a good overview, as well as what is going on in the house today.
Regardless, the ‘Enfield Poltergeist’ sounds like an excellent story to tap for the contiunation of The Conjuring series, and hopefully with the original cast, director and writers, they will be able to capture some of the magic that made that first film one of the best horror films of the decade.