New Line Turns ‘The Conjuring’ Into Franchise, Forgets It Owns ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street,’ Too…

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Variety is reporting that, with The Conjuring (read our review) looking like a sleeper hit, New Line is already working on bringing a sequel to life.

James Wan’s demonic possession thriller opens Friday in the wake of off-the-charts test screening results and strong reviews. Set in Rhode Island in 1971, the story is based on the work of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren — portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor play father and mother of the five Perron girls who were terrorized by the haunted house.

The most hilarious aspect of the article is a quote from New Line president Toby Emmerich, who expresses his deep love for horror, even though the studio just gave away the rights to Jason Voorhees, and still hasn’t got a new A Nightmare on Elm Street into development. “Horror is very much a part of the DNA of New Line — Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Rite, and the Final Destination films,” Emmerich explains. “This is as good a horror movie as we’ve ever made…. We think it will have great playability.

Emmerich told Variety that New Line is exploring a potential franchise based on the Warrens’ investigations, which also involved cases that wound up as the movies The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut. “We have Lorraine’s permission and support, and we are working on developing another film,” Emmerich said.

The team of Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes, who penned The Conjuring, are on board as writers for the sequel. The brothers interviewed Lorraine Warren extensively as part of developing the script.

  • Bouncy X

    New Line is just basically a division of WB now, in fact i was surprised to see they even have a president. i thought it was literally just a name they were using for certain movies. the fact their new logo is the WB logo that morphs into the New Line logo says it all really. so i wouldnt be surprised if they are the reason for how crappily the Nightmare franchise has been treated since they officially took em over. even if Toby was a big crusader for the franchise, i’m guessing WB has the final say on what happens to everything New Line related.

  • Darkness69

    The house that Freddy built turned its back on him. Such a shame.

    • Bouncy X

      it wasn’t by choice, if you’ve seen the Never Sleep Again documentary you can see how much the WB takeover and subsequent firing affected him. he created that company from scratch and he was involved in every Nightmare movie and you can just see the difference without him. sure not every movie is good but he always had the love and respect for it and what it did for his company. i have no doubt the series would have had a decent if not awesome blu-ray collection if he was still in charge. and i doubt he would have let them release a dvd collection of the first 7 movies with Jackie Early Haley on the cover with a photoshopped Englund glove. hell chances are the remake wouldnt have happened either.

  • Bouncy X

    oh and not to mention, releasing the original series on blu-ray using Englund’s face but Haley’s glove on the cover!

  • Taboo

    Nice to hear!

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’m very excited to see this. I’ve heard nothing but good things.

  • DarrelDreadful

    I can not wait to see this movie this weekend!

  • divisionbell

    While I want a different direction and better writers, I would love a new nightmare film.

  • janetgrey

    I don’t know about this. James Wan needs to direct the sequel!
    Don’t really trust anyone else. He wanted it to be true to the actual story, and I’m afraid any other director will just scrap Lorraine’s point of view.