New Line Already Developing Sequel to James Wan's 'The Conjuring'
The new horror film The Conjuring from Saw and Insidious director James Wan doesn't hit theaters until Friday, but the buzz has been more than positive, with test screenings knocking it out of the park, and reviews following the premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival being overwhelmingly positive. Some are calling it the most terrifying studio horror film in years, and New Line is paying close attention and planning ahead as Variety reports the Warner Bros. based studio is already developing a sequel. But since the film is based on the real-life account of a pair of paranormal investigators, how will the sequel play out?
Well, without spoiling the first film, a sequel would merely focus on another investigation conducted by The Warrens. Films like The Amityville Horror and A Haunting in Connecticut are based on their files, so a franchise from their paranormal work wouldn't be surprising. New Line president says they have the support of Lorraine Warren to develop another film based on their work. The first, film goes back to 1971 and follows the Warrens (played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) as they look into a house where a family, including five daughters, are terrorized by dangerous spirits.
Carey Hayes & Chad Hayes will come back to script the sequel and if the first film delivers, they better be able to match it. The question is whether Wan will come back to direct the sequel. His next project is Fast & Furious 7 for Universal, so New Line won't exactly be able to fast track the sequel unless they find a new director. Wan's only horror sequel as a director is Insidious: Chapter 2 coming later this year, so we'll have to wait and see if he sticks with the franchise or let's someone else take over like Lionsgate's Saw series.