The Conjuring 2 – Sequel Plans22.07.13 # Sequel # 18 Comments
It’s a graveyard smash, but is there going to be a Conjuring 2? And what can we expect from a sequel?
The Conjuring opened this weekend with a huge $41.5 million, setting a new record for an original R-rated horror. Impressive word of mouth means it’s going to stick around too, since audiences gave it an “A-” CinemaScore and reviews are excellent (84% on RT). It’s likely to top $100m in the US alone and considering its production budget was only $20m, a sequel is inevitable.
In fact, the movie was always developed with a series in mind, a sort of supernatural X-Files. The Conjuring was at one stage titled ‘The Warren Files’, imagining Mulder and Scully but with ghosts. New Line was already actively developing The Conjuring 2 back in June, and that’s before it opened so well.
Both Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are already signed on to reprise their roles, and it’s highly likely that the next movie will be based on one of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s other real-life investigations. The ‘based on a true story’ is a key selling point.
The Amityville Horror was a case of theirs, as was 2009’s The Haunting in Connecticut. Another notable episode saw them exorcising a “werewolf demon” in 1983, helping a man who had taken on the behaviour of a dangerous satanic wolf.
The biggest question is whether the director, James Wan, will return. It seems unlikely since he is throwing himself into Fast and Furious 7. He is probably the world’s best working horror director, after Saw and Insidious, so his loss would be a huge one for The Conjuring 2, and fans should hope the studio can delay the film long enough to suit his timetable. However with so much sequel money up for grabs, and with Wan’s career breaking into action flicks (he just posted on Facebook that he’s “finished with horror”), they may not wait around.
What would you like to see happen in a The Conjuring 2? Should it be the Warrens’ perspective on The Amityville Horror, or tackle a fresh case? Leave your thoughts in the comments.