It’s unlikely anyone could have predicted just how successful James Wan’s The Conjuring would become. Starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as noted “demonologists” Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring cost only $20 million to make, and managed to haul in over $300 million worldwide.
Naturally, this spawned sequel The Conjuring 2 in 2016 – another big success at the box office – but that wouldn’t even be the first follow-up to The Conjuring. That came with 2014’s Annabelle, a spin-off origin story centered on the demon-possessed doll that the Warrens keep locked up in their vault of cursed objects.
While opinions on Annabelle were mixed, it made a ton of money, with another installment – Annabelle: Creation – headed our way in August. It’s also already been announced that The Conjuring 2’s demonic nun Valek will get its own spin-off, set to come out in summer 2018.
Back when Conjuring 2 first hit theaters though, there was a different supporting villain that had many clamoring for further exploration: The Crooked Man. Despite the briefness of his role in the film, the character succeeded in scaring the hell out of many, and seemed ripe for more use.
One might assume that The Nun spin-off would preclude The Crooked Man getting one, but it turns out that isn’t the case, as revealed by franchise producer Peter Safran during a recent chat with Arrow in the Head:
Obviously the Crooked Man was one of the ones we were contemplating spinning off and when we tested the movie it was the most polarizing character. It had the most people who loved it and the most people who hated it, but it really was – people loved it.
So I think there’s something fascinating in the Crooked Man. Maybe tonally he’s not as grounded as the Conjuring itself is and maybe that’s why some people felt it wasn’t what they were looking for in the Conjuring but I suspect a movie with him would be really really cool. […] And we have some interesting ideas for him. So we’ll see.
So there you have it folks, a Crooked Man spin-off might well still happen. Personally, I fell into the “loved it” camp, and would be very interested to see what they could do with ol’ Crook in a solo effort. What do you, the iHorror faithful, think? Does The Crooked Man deserve his own film?