A few months ago, we reported on an epic $900M lawsuit that could potentially derail The Conjuring franchise, one of the 21st Century’s most enduring and profitable film series, with 2 films in the ever-expanding universe in various stages of active production. To recap: [Originally published on April 9th]:
The Conjuring franchise consists of 2 films and 3 spinoffs (two of which have yet to be released); the wildly successful staple of Warner Bros’ stable has already grossed over $885M worldwide, with plenty more expected fill the coffers when Annabelle: Creation hits theaters in August, followed by The Nun in 2018. But now, a $900M lawsuit threatens to cancel out all the series’ profits while potentially slamming the breaks on any future Conjuring-related projects.
The lawsuit was filed by author Gerald Brittle who wrote a book about Ed and Loraine Warren, released in 1980, called The Demonologist. As part of the book’s release, the Warrens signed a contract that barred them from using any case files discussed within for future entertainment projects, including books, films, and television shows.
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That error [dismissing the lawsuit] by Warner Bros. was by saying that Brittle’s contract with the Warrens had no bearing over The Conjuring movies because those films were based on “historical facts,” rather than the content of Brittle’s book, The Demonologist.
That is what may have sealed the deal in the lawsuit against Warner Bros. over their Conjuring franchise. In order for that claim to hold up in front of a judge, Warner Bros. would essentially have to prove something that has been mostly unproven now for several centuries. They would have to prove that ghosts, demons and witches are real and they have the powers that were featured on The Conjuring movies. That would also include the case of the Enfield poltergeist, which was featured in The Conjuring 2.
Today, we’re getting an update on the lawsuit, and it’s not good news for The Conjuring franchise.
Warner Bros. has failed in its first effort to escape a $900 million lawsuit brought over the smash hit Conjuring franchise, which explores the spooky work of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. A Virginia judge has largely rejected the studio’s motion to dismiss and has tentatively scheduled a trial for April 16.
Obviously, this will be a point of contention for many months to come. We’ll keep you posted with updates as this case slogs through the legal system. In the meantime, check out the trailer and synopsis for Annabelle: Creation, which has been kicking ass at the Box Office all month. Enjoy!
Annabelle: Creation hit US Theaters on August 11th; the film is directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) from a script penned by Gary Dauberman (2017’s IT). The film stars Stephanie Sigman (SPECTRE), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (Foxcatcher, The Last Witch Hunter), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (Homeland, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy). Body actor Javier Botet (Mama, Crimson Peak) is also listed on the film’s IMDB page.