If Hollywood was a video game, James Wan would be leveling up by the minute (sorry, E3 2016 on the brain). As if starting several hugely successful horror franchises (Insidious, The Conjuring, Saw) weren't enough, he's moving into the superhero realm with Aquaman and is now at risk of a new reputation: spinoff king.
Perhaps an impetuous movie after only a weekend in theaters (though bringing in a decent $40 million), The Conjuring 2 has a spinoff in the works. And it's based off a character in the film that wasn't even in the original script. David Leslie Johnson, who co-wrote The Conjuring 2, has been hired to write The Nun, a new horror film based on the villain that terrorizes the Warrens and their poor clients.
After the success of The Conjuring in 2013, there was a big buzz over the film's opening sequence, which told the story of Annabelle the haunted doll, another of the Warrens "scary cases." The buzz this doll generated resulted in the 2014 spinoff Annabelle, which proved successful, bringing in $260 million at the box office and garnering a sequel, set for 2017.
And just think, The Nun could have been this close to being called The Demon. Originally Wan had written and filmed a horned-demon villain that was spooking the characters, but had a last-minute revelation of something a bit more original, as far as horror villains go. He pitched the idea of an evil-looking gun to execs who let him replace the horned demon a mere three months before the film's release.
Sounds like Wan can pretty much do whatever he'd like. We'll shell out the money to see it, but seriously, whose going to pay our therapy bills for all these nightmares?
Will you be watching The Nun?