With Annabelle: Creation right around the corner, director/producer/creative mastermind James Wan has released a few statements in regards to the ever-expanding Conjuring-verse, which already has three more films after Creation slated for release: The Nun, The Crooked Man, and The Conjuring 3. Wan’s little-movie-that-could has become a global phenomenon, currently boasting three entries that have outgrossed similarly-themed horror franchises like Wan’s Insidious series or the wildly popular Paranormal Activity movies.
And with a new spin-off seemingly coming out of nowhere every few months, Wan has taken some time to explain where he and his team are juggling all of these projects. In terms of directing, Wan isn’t actually going to be helming any of these movies, focusing instead on his Aquaman movie while still having a hand in more than a few upcoming horror projects.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Wan said about The Crooked Man:
“We think we have a really exciting story,” Wan said. “What we want to do, with the Conjuring universe, is we want each of our little offshoots to have a very different flavor, right? So, for example, Annabelle is the classic sort-of haunted doll subgenre. And with The Crooked Man, I would love to push it more down somewhat of that dark fairytale, and more whimsical, subgenre. I love the idea that, within the Conjuring universe, each of our little movies all have their own flavor, so that way they don’t feel like they’re the same films.”
2014’s Annabelle spin-off, directed by John Leonetti, was a pretty underrated collection of effective scares, and it’s nice to see David F. Sandberg’s sequel getting rave reviews. As far as The Crooked Man goes, the character was one of the more interesting things in The Conjuring 2, and I’m excited to see this fairy tale take on the material that Wan talked about. Having read this quote, it makes sense that The Conjuring 2 often felt like it was comprised of multiple different tones and themes. Overstuffed as it was, it’s still a very well-made film and successfully sets up future spin-offs.
The most interesting thing here, though, is Wan’s idea of making every film seem like its own entity. With that in mind, I’m honestly not looking forward to how pants-crappingly terrifying The Nun is going to be. That film, which is now in post-production, was directed by Corin Hardy, whose 2015 film The Hallow was acclaimed throughout the underground horror circuit. Wan has a knack for plucking some serious talent out of the minors and giving them studio projects worthy of their skills.
As far as The Conjuring 3 (which Wan will most likely not be directing), he had this to say:
“We’ve been working hard on Conjuring 3,” he said. “Of course, that is something that I am not neglecting. So, we’re in the midst of working on the script, and still hashing [it] out. We want to make sure that the script is in a really good place. With how much people have loved the first two Conjuring’s, I don’t want to rush in to the third one if possible.”
With The Nun already finished shooting, and a director lined up for The Crooked Man, who do you think should direct The Conjuring 3? Right now, some names that come to mind include Mike Flanagan, Patrick Brice, Robert Eggers, David Robert Mitchell, Jennifer Kent, or even Jordan Peele, who shocked audiences with this year’s Get Out and clearly has the directing chops to pull off a big budget studio horror. Let us know your directing pics in the comments below and join the discussion on the GEEK FB page!
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