Last year, Saw director James Wan delivered some powerful shocks in The Conjuring; a horror movie about a pair of real-life paranormal investigators who in the early 70s helped the Perron family rid their Rhode Island pad of a demon.
The movie's significant box office returns ensured a sequel. And, with nearly $320 million in worldwide box office earnings, it's hardly surprising that Warner Bros. wanted to do it all over again for The Conjuring 2.
But now, the latest reports are saying that Tony DeRosa-Grund's Evergreen Media Group, which licensed rights to the first movie, have filed a lawsuit to stop it.
Evergreen Media are arguing that they own the rights to make movies based upon the life and casebook of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life investigators. Complicating matters is a pre-existing lawsuit in which Warner Bros. took Evergreen to court over ownership rights to a Conjuring TV series.
Evergreen's lawsuit claims Warner Bros. is seeking to
Reap all of the profits from The Conjuring while denying their financial obligations by failing to pay for the underlying rights and stealing those rights to make additional films, both theatrical films covered by the agreements as well as direct-to-video films that are not covered by the agreements…
The fate this a blockbuster franchise - as well as the fate of The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle - is now in the hands of a Texas judge. Without getting into all the legal ramifications (yawn!), this lawsuit could spell trouble for The Conjuring 2. If DeRosa-Grund wins the case, there is a very real possibility that The Conjuring 2 will never see the light of day.
In the meantime, we'll all wait and hope that this issue gets solved soon so the really important question can be answered: Who’s going to step into the director’s chair for The Conjuring 2? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!