The genre saw no bigger success at the box office this year than with James Wan’s The Conjuring, which grossed well over $300 million and became the highest grossing original R-rated movie of all time. Needless to say, big time box office numbers mean only one thing in the world of horror movies; sequels. And in the case of The Conjuring, it’s looking like sequels are indeed what we’re soon in store for. A whopping FOUR of them!
Before The Conjuring even hit theaters, we learned that a sequel was in the works, with both Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga signed on to reprise their roles as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film left off on a note that teased future sequels, and New Line’s plan is to make at least one more film about another of the famous cases they investigated.
But that’s only the beginning…
This week we’ve learned that an entire trilogy of Conjuring spin-offs are in the works, in addition to the previously announced sequel. Bloody Digusting reported the exclusive news today that Warner Bros. and New Line are looking to spin the box office hit into three other micro-budget installments, one of which will be a prequel about Annabelle, the creepy doll from the film. Tentatively titled The Annabelle Story, the spin-off will be directed by John R. Leonetti, who has been the cinematographer on the majority of James Wan’s films – including The Conjuring.
The Annabelle spin-off is set to begin shooting as early as this December, and no information has been revealed about the other two spin-offs that are in the works.
As far as the official sequel goes, that one will be written by the writers of the first film, brothers Carey and Chad Hayes, and James Wan likely won’t be back to direct. If he stays true to his word, The Conjuring will forever remain Wan’s final horror film. Rumors are that The Conjuring 2 will be centered around the possession of two sisters in Enfield, England in the 70s, which you can read all about over on Wikipedia.