New Line Cinema and Atomic Monster like to keep it all in the family and that will continue with the third The Conjuring film, which should go into production next year.
While James Wan had previously directed the first two films in the franchise, which spawned the spinoffs that include the Annabelle doll and the Nun as well as the forthcoming Crooked Man, sources told Bloody Disgusting that Wan will not return behind the camera, but will continue to produce through his Atomic Monster. Instead, we’re hearing that Michael Chaves will take the reigns, which was confirmed today. As previously reported, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are said to be returning in The Conjuring 3 as Lorraine and Ed Warren.
As for Chaves, he directed New Line and Atomic Monster’s upcoming The Curse of La Llorona, which stars Raymond Cruz (“Breaking Bad”), Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy). In theaters April 19, 2019, La Llorona is based on perhaps the best-known Latino folktale, which tells of the ghost of a weeping woman who terrorizes and snatches children to claim as her own.
Bloody Disgusting shared the world exclusive online premiere of Chaves‘ short film “The Maiden”. It was a monster success among our readers and created quite the buzz in the industry.
The Conjuring 3 will continue the Conjurverse, which continues to explode at the box office. A few weekends ago, The Nun opened with $133M worldwide. A sequel is inevitable. Also in development are a second sequel to Annabelle, to be directed by Gary Dauberman (and in theaters by July 3, 2019), and The Crooked Man, the nightmarish character spawned from Wan’s Conjuring 2. Whether or not The Nurse or Chavez’s La Llorona will be included in the Conjuring Universe is yet to be determined.
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