‘The Conjuring’ Sequel Is “Vital” For New Line, Says Vera Farmiga

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In just one year Vera Farmiga has become a household horror name. After toplining one of the highest grossing haunters in the history of cinema, The Conjuring, she also was featured as Norma Bates in A&E’s original (ha!) series, “Bates Motel”.

During an interview with AICN, Farmiga talked about her love for the role of Lorraine Warren in New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring, while also addressing the elephant in the room – will James Wan return to direct?

As you know, I cherish my collaborations with Patrick [Wilson] and with James [Wan], and I really have an admiration for the woman that I play. I think it’s an important story,” she tells the site. “I’m not just making another horror flick. I really think this is the go-to gal for over the last five decades that people have gone to for discernment on certain negative mysticism. It’s a crazy subject matter. It’s bigger than my brain can contemplate. So, I’m hoping to see Conjuring 2 sooner than later.

In regards to a sequel, she acknowledges the insanity of the studio to not make one, but also implies that they’re waiting on director James Wan to move forward.

I think so. There are so many more stories to tell, and obviously it was a vital thing for New Line, and it seems implausible to not go for number 2 and even number 3. But, I don’t know anything concrete just yet. I think it’s being figured out right now. Because of course, we’d love to have James Wan at the helm, and he’s experienced a certain measure of…stress recently.

In case you’re unaware of the connection, Wan is currently helming Fast & Furious 7 for Universal, which was delayed and going through intensive additional photography after the sudden death of actor Paul Walker. Wan – who also directed Saw and Insidious – has also openly stated that he’s finished with horror, which leaves the studio in a state of flux; what do they do with Conjuring 2?

In the meantime, the Conjuring spinoff, Annabelle, will begin shooting soon. It will star Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton with John Leonetti, who served as the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman.