James Wan is in Australia getting down to business helming Aquaman, but horror fans are much more interested in a couple other projects the lauded filmmaker/producer has been circling in recent months, specifically The Conjuring 3 and the spinoff The Crooked Man. Luckily, in a recent interview with Entertainment weekly, Wan dropped details regarding both; while the projects are still in their early stages, both sound extremely promising.
Regarding The Conjuring 3
And what news of The Conjuring 3? “We’ve been working hard on Conjuring 3,” says Wan. “Of course, that is something that I am not neglecting. The Conjuring films are still the mothership and the mothership needs to be strong. [Laughs] The mothership needs to be strong for all these other jet fighters to shoot out of. 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, I don’t want to rush in to the third one if possible.”
Regarding The Crooked Man
Wan explains that The Crooked Man is still at the beginning of the development process. “Early stages, kind of like cooking away,” he says. “But we think we have a really exciting story. 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.”
In other Conjuring Universe news, Annabelle: Creation, the second movie to feature the diminutive devil doll first introduced in 2012’s The Conjuring, hits theaters this Friday. Check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife Esther are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple lost their 7-year-old daughter Annabelle in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one of the girls finds a seemingly innocent doll that seems to have a life of its own.
Annabelle: Creation is directed by David F. Sandberg from a script penned by Gary Dauberman; the film stars Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, and Lulu Wilson.