James Wan’s original horror-thriller ‘Malignant’ wraps production

Shooting has wrapped in Los Angeles on Atomic Monster’s “Malignant,” the latest creation from “Conjuring” universe architect James Wan (“Aquaman,” “Furious 7”).  The film marks director Wan’s return to his roots with this new original horror thriller.

“Malignant” stars Annabelle Wallis (“The Loudest Voice,” “The Mummy,” “Annabelle”), Maddie Hasson (YouTube Originals’ “Impulse,” “Novitiate,” “I Saw the Light”), George Young (“A Bread Factory” Parts 1 & 2, “Containment,” HBO Asia’s horror mini-series “Grace”), Michole Briana White (“Lila and Eve,” “She Hate Me,” “Encino Man”), Jake Abel (“Another Life,” “Dirty John,” “Love & Mercy”), Jacqueline McKenzie (Netflix series “Pine Gap,” “Halifax: Retribution,” “Romper Stomper: Next Gen”), and Ingrid Bisu (“The Nun,” “Toni Erdmann”).

Wan directed from a screenplay by Akela Cooper (“M3GAN,” “The Nun 2”) and JT Petty, story by James Wan & Ingrid Bisu.  Plot details are being kept under wraps.  The film is produced by Wan and Michael Clear, with Richard Brener, Eric McLeod, Bisu, Judson Scott and Starlight Media’s Peter Luo serving as executive producers.  The film is being independently financed through Starlight Media and Midas Innovation.  

Behind the scenes, Wan was joined by his frequent collaborators, director of photography Don Burgess and editor Kirk Morri (“Aquaman,” “The Conjuring 2”) and production designer Desma Murphy (art director, “Aquaman,” “Furious 7”), as well as costume designer Lisa Norcia (“Insidious: The Last Key”).

In Philippine cinemas August 12, 2020, “Malignant” is a presentation of Wan’s banner, Atomic Monster, Starlight Media and New Line Cinema, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Master of horror James Wan produces ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

One of the most iconic and widely known figures in Mexican folklore, La Llorona – and her terrible, eternal hunt for children’s souls to replace the ones she drowned in life – has fueled the nightmares of generations of kids and left her mark on a vast swath of Latin America.  Her story has taken on a life of its own through centuries of tellings.  And though it twists and turns along the way, in every form and any language, one thing remains constant:  it still scares the living daylights out of anyone who hears it.

“When I first came to America, one of the first stories that people would come up and tell me was the legend of La Llorona,” says James Wan, producer of the upcoming “The Curse of La Llorona” from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures.

“People see my movies and guess that I love ghost stories – and they’re right – but La Llorona is so much more,” continues Wan.  “It hits you at the deepest levels of horror and touches on fears you didn’t even know you had.  You understand why it’s such an integral part of people’s lives growing up.  I just became fixated on this story.  I thought, ‘What an amazing, scary figure to bring to the big screen.’”

The opportunity to bring La Llorona to the big screen went beyond Wan’s own obsession with the tale.  “La Llorona is a cultural phenomenon and beloved by some of the biggest horror fans in the world.  So when this project came along, all I wanted to do was help get it off the ground so people could see this story they love so much come to life on the big screen.”

With the addition of Gary Dauberman, the producing team was complete, and the search was on for a director.  But when an innovative, intensely creepy short called “The Maiden” debuted online, that critical piece of the puzzle clicked into place.  “We were all sort of bowled over by it,” Dauberman recalls.  “It was directed with such a sure hand, and managed to scare you with just a camera and subtle practical effects.  From the aesthetic, we guessed it was made by someone who loved the same movies we did – and we were right.”

Michael Chaves not only grew up loving movies, some of his favorites were directed by Wan, so to find himself in a room with one of his filmmaking heroes was akin to an out-of-body experience.  “From start to finish, this journey has been the craziest ride of my life, and such an honor,” Chaves marvels.  

“James is an amazing filmmaker and was incredibly supportive,” Chavez adds.  “At every stage of the process, he would come up with these great, simple insights that were always targeted to finding the story you want to tell and what the audience wants to see in each moment.”

In Philippine cinemas May 1, “The Curse of La Llorona” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  #LaLlorona

About “The Curse of La Llorona”

From New Line Cinema and producer James Wan, “The Curse of La Llorona” brings the iconic Latin American legend to terrifying life in an original horror film, marking the feature directorial debut of Michael Chaves, the innovative filmmaker behind the award-winning short “The Maiden.”   

In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night—and the children.  Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.  Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.  

Produced by James Wan (“Aquaman”), Gary Dauberman (screenwriter “IT” and “Annabelle” franchises) and Emile Gladstone (“Army of One”), “The Curse of La Llorona” stars Linda Cardellini (the Oscar-winning “Green Book,” Netflix’s “Bloodline”), Raymond Cruz (TV’s “Breaking Bad,” “Training Day”) and Patricia Velasquez (TV’s “Arrested Development,” “The Mummy” films), along with Marisol Ramirez (TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles”), Sean Patrick Thomas (the “Barbershop” films, “Halloween: Resurrection”), Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen (“Selfless”) and newcomer Roman Christou.

It’s Momoa at MOA: ‘Aquaman’ to touch down in Manila for epic fan event, Asian premiere

As part of their whirlwind, four-continent tour, stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard and Director James Wan will visit Manila to attend Asian premiere and Fan Event in support of the upcoming film “Aquaman.”

MANILA, November 30, 2018 – Director James Wan and stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard of Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming action-packed adventure “Aquaman” will be in town to meet Filipino fans in a spectacular red carpet-style Fan Event on Tuesday, December 11. The festivities will take place at the Music Hall located in the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, which aims to bring the film closer to moviegoers across Asia.

The Fan Event will be open to the public and free to those who would like to attend. For more information on event details, fans are encouraged to check Warner Bros. Philippines’ official social media pages (facebook.com/warnerbrosphils), SM Cinemas and SM Mall of Asia.

As with any public event, limited space is available. All attendees will be subject to security checks.

“Aquaman” will open in Philippine cinemas on December 12 nationwide.

About “Aquaman”

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film’s star-studded cast also includes Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, and more. Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC. The film is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Peter Safran Production, a James Wan Film, Aquaman. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. www.aquamanmovie.net

‘The Nun’ review: Fleeting thrills, jump scare galore

Corin Hardy’s ‘The Nun’ has plenty of shameless jump scares to cure your hiccups and that’s just it.

To sum up The Nun viewing experience in one scene, it would be that part where a character walks through a forest in the middle of the night when suddenly – baaam! – a hanging nun corpse drops in front of his face. It’s that brand of in-your-face, haunted house jumpscare that makes you want to walk out of it. Nevermind that it’s predictable, this poor viewer here who’s not been bred for the horror genre gets scared with almost every trick. Factor in the sudden blasts from a Dolby cinema, it’s definitely a high in my fright-o-meter. Now as for the ‘darkest chapter’ that the film claims it to be, unfortunately this is the first one I’ve seen in The Conjuring universe, so I have no benchmark for that.

Set in 1952, Father Burke (Demián Bichir), a priest with a dark past, and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga), a nun in training, are instructed by the Vatican to investigate the apparent suicide of a nun in Romania. From the get-go, the film does a good job in making you feel that you are being ushered into a horror house, or in this case, a haunted monastery. Decrepit structures, mounted crucifixes, occasional cawing crows – the place has an immersive, gothic vibe into it. The pair, assisted by a French-Canadian farmer Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet), are all oblivious to the suggestion that a malevolent force has taken over the forsaken place.

Bonnie Aarons and Demián Bichir in ‘The Nun.’ Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures.

As soon as the night falls, the film separates these players and proceeds on its hijinks, courtesy of a demon nun named Valak the Defiler (Bonnie Aarons). The film adheres to this pattern – lure the characters outside their rooms (make sure they’re gullible enough to go in susceptible places like basements), drop the jump scare, then let Valak ambush them, if they’re lucky they might survive. Afterwards, repeat this formula a couple more times. Personally, I’m not a fan with the overuse of such technique – I prefer the story being built up over a succession of meaningless thrills. Looking at this film’s commercial success, however, I am definitely in the minority with this.

Here’s the thing, jump scares aren’t necessarily scary, they’re more startling and temporary. Some of the scaring methods here are not entirely new (shadowy figures in candle-lit hallways, mirror apparitions and rotating crucifixes) while some rely on graphic content (heaps of blood, moving decayed corpses and serpents coming out from mouths). Nonetheless, Director Corin Hardy makes them look inspired using practical effects and precision framing, along with the help of a creaky sound design. An overhead shot of sister Irene, clad in white, surrounded by black nuns, comes as a standout.

Taissa Farmiga in ‘The Nun.’ Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures.

Lush production and stunning art direction can only momentarily distract you from a slow and thin narrative. The abundance of jump scares and the lack of character development through interaction does not give you enough emotional attachment to root for them. Father Burke has an interesting backstory squeezed along the way – except you don’t really care about it. Farmiga has all the wide eyes and sweet demeanor to be a relatable protagonist, but with a script that misses the opportunity to question her own faith, her personality comes out as stiff. It is Bloquet who gets to be memorable with his quips and charm despite being a plot device. In one hilarious scene, he rips off a crucifix from a graveyard, in the hopes of warding off an evil spirit.

Jonas Bloquet in ‘The Nun.’ Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures.

As for the origin story, Valak’s image does sear into one’s head but she (or is it a he?) fails to come out as a character. I was expecting some backstory of her being a human, then for some reason, she’s condemned to be a demon that haunts the monastery for life. But in here, the film essentially gives nothing of her, apart from being an evil entity that takes on several forms – with the high cheekbone Nun as her penchant. This is a film about ‘the nun’, starring ‘the nun.’ I guess I’ll be better off making up a story in my head.

The Nun is a self-contained prequel that you can watch without having seen any of The Conjuring films. It’s filled with fleeting thrills – the scary images come at you loud and fast – but it lacks of a horror story that truly resonates and imprints to the core. The leaps of logic towards the end does not help. As my entry point of the franchise, does this entice me to watch the rest of it? Not really.


2.5 out of 5 stars


Directed by Corin Hardy, screenplay by Gary Dauberman from a story written by James Wan and Gary Dauberman
Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu, Jonny Coyne, Mark Steger, Sandra Teles, Manuela Ciucur, Ani Sava
Run time: 96 minutes

WATCH: DC makes big splash with ‘Aquaman’ official trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the first trailer for its upcoming action adventure “Aquaman,” helmed by James Wan (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7”) and starring Jason Momoa in the title role.

Check out the trailer and teaser one-sheet art below and watch “Aquaman” in Philippine cinemas December 13.

About “Aquaman”

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin (“Power Rangers”) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.

Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (“The Conjuring 2”) and Will Beall (“Gangster Squad,” TV’s “Training Day”), story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters from DC, Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. The film is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.

Wan’s team behind the scenes includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), his five-time editor Kirk Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films), and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy, “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Wonder Woman”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Safran Company Production, a James Wan Film, “Aquaman.”

Aquaman is set to hit Philippine cinemas December 13, in 3D and 2D and IMAX, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

James Wan expands ‘The Conjuring’ universe with ‘Annabelle: Creation’

Regarded as one of the most creative filmmakers working today, James Wan expands “The Conjuring” Universe with the second chapter in the Annabelle series – New Line Cinema’s “Annabelle: Creation” (in Philippine theaters August 23, 2017).

(Watch the newly released “Toy Gun” Clip from “Annabelle: Creation” below.)

Produced by Wan and directed by David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”), “Annabelle: Creation” is the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle.” In the new film, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and six girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

“When I was directing the first ‘Conjuring’ and we were designing the Warrens’ haunted artifact room, I remember between myself, the studio and the producers, we all kind of looked at each other and said, ‘You know, it would be incredible if we could tell the stories of each of these objects,’” Wan recalls, referring to the collection the couple had confiscated over their years of paranormal investigation.

“Even then, we felt that giving Annabelle that prologue opening was cool, but we sensed she had a lot more stories to tell,” Wan continues. “Every time that doll appeared on screen for just those few minutes, people shifted in their seats. Audiences react to her.”

Wan was thrilled with the manner in which Sandberg embraced and enhanced the horror-verse he began. “David has given this film a very classic period look that takes it outside of the traditional horror films we’re familiar with in contemporary cinema,” Wan says, “and I think that’s been the key to keeping this universe feeling fresh and unique. Each of these standalone movies has a very different flavor, yet they’re all connected.”

Producer Peter Safran agrees. “What James has built and David has continued with ‘Annabelle: Creation’ are films that tap into the fears we hold in our very makeup, our DNA. We’re all drawn to the idea of this doll, this inanimate object that can somehow wreak such devastation.”

“These films are a great example of why we love to go to the movies,” Sandberg concludes. “It’s a safe, shared environment where we can experience such a great range of emotions, from fear to excitement and more. And in this case, we get to find out how another piece of this ‘Conjuring’ and ‘Annabelle’ world is tied together…and maybe even get a hint at what’s to come.”

James Wan is currently in production directing “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, and Patrick Wilson. The DC Super Hero film is scheduled to be released December 21, 2018.

Wan’s production company, Atomic Monster, launched its slate with the highly successful “Annabelle,” released on October 3, 2015. The film was produced by Wan and Peter Safran and grossed over $252 million worldwide. The second release for Atomic Monster was “Lights Out,” directed by David F. Sandberg and produced by Wan (along with Lawrence Grey and Eric Heisserer). The film was released by in July 2016 and earned over $148 million. Next up for Atomic Monster is the latest title in “The Conjuring” universe, “The Nun.” Currently in production, the film is being directed by Corin Hardy and produced by Wan and Safran, and is set for release on July 13, 2018.

“Annabelle: Creation” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Horror fan-favorite James Wan to produce ‘The Conjuring’ spin-off ‘The Nun’

Filmmaker James Wan, director of the record-setting horror hits “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” explores another dark corner of that universe with New Line Cinema’s “The Nun.”

Helmed by award-winning director Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”), the new fright-fest has begun production on location in Romania. It will be produced by Wan through his Atomic Monster production company, along with Peter Safran, who has produced all of the films in “The Conjuring” franchise. “The Nun” is set for release on July 13, 2018.

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

“The Nun” stars Oscar nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Sister Irene, Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) as local villager Frenchie, Charlotte Hope (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (“Toni Erdmann”) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her “Conjuring 2” role as the title character.

Wan’s Atomic Monster slate includes “Annabelle” and “Lights Out,” as well as the upcoming “Annabelle: Creation,” with Wan serving as producer on all. Co-creator of the “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises, Wan directed the worldwide hit “Furious 7,” and is next set to helm the highly anticipated feature “Aquaman.”

Safran also produced the sequel “Annabelle: Creation,” opening August 10th and is producing “Aquaman.”

Hardy will direct “The Nun” from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (upcoming “It”), story by Dauberman & James Wan.

Serving as executive producers are Gary Dauberman and Todd Williams, with Michael Clear as co-producer.

Joining Hardy behind the scenes are director of photography Maxime Alexandre (“The Voices,” upcoming “Annabelle: Creation”), production designer Jennifer Spence (“Lights Out,” the “Insidious” films), editor Michel Aller (“Lights Out,” “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension”), and costume designer Sharon Gilham (TV’s “Black Mirror”).

“The Nun” is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster / Safran Company production, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Horror master James Wan produces ‘Haunted’

James Wan, considered one of today’ most-sought horror filmmaker, who frightened the movie going public with his works in “The Conjuring,” “Saw” and “Insidious” produces “Haunted” and directed by Will Canon who used multiple shooting styles and partly shot via found footage.

The James Wan produced horror “Haunted” (also known as “Demonic”) brings a detective (Frank Grillo, “The Purge: Anarchy”) and a psychologist (Maria Bello, “Lights Out”) together to investigate the slaughter of five amateur ghost hunters in a house that is said to be haunted.

Up and coming actor, Dustin Milligan who also appeared in the same genre such as “Final Destination 3,” “Slither” and “Shark Night” plays the only survivor of a group of teens who were killed while trying to summon ghosts in “Haunted.” His character John, being the survivor, is tasked to explain to the paranormal investigators of the horrifying demise of his friends.

“He starts the film as a skeptic before arriving at the house and after everything that happens. He struggles to believe that what is happening to him and his friends is the result of something supernatural and he can’t believe what he is seeing. He’s in total shock after the events, he was a great character to play,” shared Milligan about his character in the movie.

Fans of the horror genre such Steven Wood of http://www.horrortalk.com mentioned that, “On paper, Demonic (Haunted) is likely to be seen as a run-of-the-mill haunted house story with some possession aspects thrown in. Luckily though, that is not the case. There are a certain number of unique plot devices that will keep your attention throughout.”

Likewise, Milligan enthuses, “With Demonic (Haunted) I’m glad that it doesn’t fall into the cliches of those things and it didn’t turn into found footage that wasn’t justified or overused. Again, because the film switches from the recollection of my character John of what happened in the house that led up to all these horrific murders to the present day where an interview is being given by Maria Bello’s character and Frank Grillo, how the film jumps back and forth in time in order to solve this mystery is to me what makes it a horror film as much as it does a suspense thriller. I like the fact that it straddles those two genres and is not specifically one or the other at any given time. I like the way that Demonic offers audiences a lot more than your standard horror movie in terms that it is so heavily engaging.”

“Haunted” opens August 10 in local cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

 

Filming underway for highly anticipated horror film ‘Annabelle 2’

She’s back! Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s “Annabelle 2,” with David F. Sandberg (upcoming “Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on “The Conjuring” movies.

In “Annabelle 2,” several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

The film stars Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Lulu Wilson (upcoming “Ouija 2,” “Deliver Us from Evil”), Philippa Anne Coulthard (“After the Dark”), Grace Fulton (“Badland”), Lou Lou Safran (“The Choice”), Samara Lee (“Fox Catcher,” “The Last Witch Hunter”), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s “Without a Trace”) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s “Homeland,” “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy).

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote “Annabelle.” Filming is taking place in Los Angeles.

Collaborating with Sandberg behind-the-scenes from his “Lights Out” team are production designer Jennifer Spence and editor Michel Aller, joined by director of photography Maxime Alexandre (“The Other Side of the Door”) and costume designer Leah Butler (“Paranormal Activity 3 & 4”).

Currently scheduled for release beginning May 19, 2017, “Annabelle 2,” is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster/Safran Company production. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘The Nun’ to star in ‘The Conjuring 2’ spinoff

Just when we all thought the terrors of The Conjuring 2 will remain inside the movie, here comes reports on a spin-off on the works.

The terrifying Nun in The Conjuring 2, Valak, is apparently having her own spotlight for the next James Wan haunter. Who could even forget about that creepy painting by Patrick Wilson’s character Ed Warren in the movie, who happens to be the malevolent spirit attacking Vera Farmiga’s Lorraine Warren.

Tasked to pen this new movie is David Leslie Johnson, the writer of equally nerve-wracking horror films Orphan and Conjuring 2. James Wan and Peter Safran will work together again as producers. Other information such as cast and director are yet to be rolled out.

It can be recalled that this is not the first time that New Line Cinema will have a spin-off for its blockbuster horror hit. In 2014, the demon-possessed doll Annabelle took her titutlar role out of the success of the first Conjuring film.

The first report about the Conjuring 2 spin-off was from The Hollywood Reporter.