The latest film from James Wan, The Conjuring 2, is already off to a stellar first weekend with a $40 million dollar. It is right on track with its predecessor, The Conjuring, and likely to end up with the same results. A big part of the success of the film has to do with the creative genius that is James Wan. The director has been a pretty huge part of the horror scene for the 21st century and continues to deliver.
James Wan is the man responsible for the Saw series, Insidious, and of course The Conjuring, all of which are classics in their own right. The movie series have proven successful so with movie goers that they've all spawned sequels. We have Saw, that is at a total of seven movies, Insidious with three, and The Conjuring, which is now at two. The real question is: Will this be the last of The Conjuring, or is there still more to see from the Warrens? The Warrens had way more than two case files during their time investigating the paranormal, so there's still plenty to tell.
One thing to answer is where we go now, after demonic possessions and hauntings. The answer might be something you probably hadn't thought about before: werewolves! Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but that doesn't mean you should throw that out just yet, at least James Wan thinks so.
In an interview with Cinemablend, the director was asked about the possibility for a third film examining lycanthropy. The director had a quick and pretty funny response to this:
"Maybe we can go and do it like a classic 'American Werewolf in London' style. That would be awesome! The Warrens set against the backdrop of 'The Hound of Baskerville.' That would be awesome. Thank you! [laughter]."
It seems that Wan was really amused by the question and played along with it, but what if they really did try and make this a movie? The idea behind this would definitely be drawn and inspired by a book that Ed Warren published in 1991. A book titled Werewolf: A True Story of Demonic Possession could definitely serve as the backdrop for The Conjuring 3.
It seems, whether they go with the werewolves or not, they are planning future movies. According to Wan himself, they have been doing their research already with Warrens cases.
"They have a lot of cases. I'm not sitting there sifting through every single one, but I think, you know, between the writers and the studio, I think they have a short list of their favorite, like basically the top 20 or 30 of the Warren's favorite cases."
It looks like Warner Bros. is really setting The Conjuring up to be similar to the Saw franchise, with many possible sequels. James Wan, however, is currently busy on the comic book side of the business with Aquaman, so it's not clear if he would return to The Conjuring. I hope the director does come back to wrap up the series if there are, in fact, more sequels in the works. The director just has a way with the camera in which we, the viewers, truly know that what we're watching is magic.