Despite still being days away from its theatrical release, New Line Cinema have begun planning for a sequel to James Wan’s highly anticipated supernatural thriller, The Conjuring.
The American film studio clearly like what they ‘Saw’, with Wan exorcising his horror muscle, having built a reputation for sinister creations in Saw (2004), Dead Silence (2007), and Insidious (2011).
Based on a true story, The Conjuring follows Ed and Lorraine Warren’s investigation of sinister happenings which are tormenting a family’s farmhouse, and stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Haley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, and Sterling Jerins.
The famed paranormal investigators have previously seen their supernatural searches adapted for cinema in The Amityville Horror (1979, remade in 2005) and The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), though the Warrens were not featured as characters in these films.
Wan’s involvement in the proposed sequel is currently unknown, though whether his direction of Fast and Furious 7, following the upcoming Insidious: Chapter 2, signals a deviation from horror, remains to be seen. However, the nature of his imminent projects, and the fact that he was credited as a producer on six sequels in the Saw franchise, it could be foolhardy to assume Wan will give up the ghost when it comes to another follow-up.
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