The mind behind The Conjuring and the Insidious franchise, James Wan, has, thankfully, decided to return to his horror roots, despite claiming he was done with the genre!
Deadline have reported that Wan has signed a first-look production deal with New Line Cinema that will see him helm the up and coming sequel to his smash hit flick The Conjuring.
The deal, which could possibly see Wan leaving Universal's Fast franchise trailing in his dust, is the first of its kind for New Line and will see Wan overlooking production of films from multiple genres under his Atomic Monster production company.
The Chosen Wan
Wan stands in high regard with New Line president and chief operating officer Toby Emmerich, who glowingly commented on his coup saying "...he’s (Wan) the only overall director with a deal here, because we see him as a class of one.” That's nice, isn't it?
Emmerich also went on to speculate that Wan may be on the road to making a DC movie too, which would be very exciting indeed!
When poked about his sudden reversal, Wan said "it was during the editing of Fast & Furious 7 that my brain started sparking ideas for The Conjuring sequel. Taking a break from horror has allowed me to be creatively rejuvenated". Good lad!
What Now For The Warrens?
Pushed back from its already slated October 2015 release date to sometime 2016, The Conjuring 2 sees the return of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga respectively, as they seek to banish malevolent spirits and demons back from whence they came.
While the premise of the sequel is currently unknown, it is claimed that the real Ed and Lorraine Warren had undertaken many investigations into the supernatural. So there'll be no shortage of potential plots for Wan and his team to get stuck into.
But which of these mysteries seems the most plausible for a cinematic outing? Let's have a look at a few!
The Haunting Of The Family Smurl
In West Pittston, Pennsylvania between 1974-89, it was said that a demon plagued the home and the lives of the family Smurl. The family, comprising of Jack, Janet and their their four daughters, were attacked on numerous occasions, both physically and sexually. One of the daughters was pushed down the stairs and their 56 pound German Shepherd was thrown against the wall. This story, however, was already used for 1992 TV movie, The Haunting.
The Demon Murder Trial
In Connecticut, 1981, 19 year old tree surgeon Arne Cheyenne Johnson was convicted of murdering his landlord Alan Bono whilst under the influence of a demon. The Warrens were originally called in to investigate the strange behavior of Johnson's fiancee's younger brother. After numerous failed exorcisms, the shade allegedly left the boy and latched itself to Johnson and the rest, they say, is history.
Well which ever route the plot for The Conjuring 2 goes down, with James Wan at the helm we all know the film is going to be a smasher!
Which story would you prefer to see?