What’s next for the “Conjurverse” after The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It? The film, which released in theaters and HBO Max in June 2021, was the third installment of the Conjuring franchise’s main series, and a film that fans had been anticipating for quite some time now. With a good bit of work going into its spinoffs, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) hadn’t had their own dedicated movie since 2016’s The Conjuring 2.
What started as a successful, back-to-basics scare-fest with James Wan’s The Conjuring ended up evolving into an incredibly popular shared cinematic universe of horror films. A cameo from Annabelle led to the demon-possessed doll getting its own spinoff series, with The Conjuring 2’s villain getting a similar treatment through The Nun in 2018. Not counting The Curse of La Llorona, there have been seven Conjurverse movies thus far. At this point, Both Annabelle and The Conjuring have completed trilogies now, but that doesn’t mean Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are ready to bring the franchise to an end.
Annabelle: Creation took the Conjurverse over the $1 billion mark at the global box office, and current numbers show that interest in these films remains. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is proving to be a hit too (despite being released in the midst of a pandemic). There has been little news based on the franchise since the release of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, with no Conjuring movie announced for 2022, and only a few long-gestating Conjuring spinoff projects left in development; however, the franchise has never had a real failure, and considering the fairly low cost of production, it’s likely Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema aren’t done making new installments just yet. Here’s every rumored and upcoming Conjurverse movie.
The Crooked Man – Confirmed
The Nun wasn’t the only project spawned from the Warrens’ trip to London and the battle with Valak in The Conjuring 2. There was also The Crooked Man, which is based on the creature of the same name that came to life from a music box during the movie. James Wan and Conjurverse producer Peter Safran were both said to be involved in making The Crooked Man, which Wan likened to a “dark fairytale” story. Mike Van Waes was attached to write the screenplay based on a story by James Wan. In 2017, it was said to still be in the early stages. It’s been a long time since The Crooked Man has been discussed, but there hasn’t been any official confirmation that the film has been abandoned as of yet. According to Safran, The Nun took priority over The Crooked Man, but it’s possible that it’s still in the works for later on down the road. The time for it could be now, especially since the Conjurverse slate is mostly clear.
The Nun 2 – Confirmed
The Nun didn’t match the great reviews of The Conjuring or the Annabelle movies, but it did outperform all other movies in the franchise. Safran has already confirmed that New Line Cinema is working on a second film (which doesn’t have an official title), with Akela Cooper serving as screenwriter and Bonnie Aarons returning as Valak. As for when it will be set or what the story could offer, that remains unclear. The first film took the franchise back further than ever before by heading to 1952 Romania, but The Nun 2 could potentially have a more modern setting, especially if it revisits the Warrens’ connection to its titular villain, Valak.
A New Annabelle?
There’s no official word on whether or not Annabelle 4 is in development, so Annabelle Comes Home could very well be the last movie in the series. However, Safran has appeared open to the prospect of the movie happening, and there have indeed been rumors of a fourth film in the Conjurverse’s most successful spin-off series. If so, it would either have to take place before Annabelle Comes Home, or it would need to find another way for the doll to escape the Warrens’ occult museum and wreak havoc once again.
The Conjuring 4
The Warrens could come back for Annabelle 4 or The Nun 2, but perhaps the most obvious option for their return is The Conjuring 4. Producers, writers, and the actors associated with The Devil Made Me Do It haven’t said if another sequel is in the pipeline, but most have expressed interest in working on another one. And since The Conjuring 3 was a box office and streaming success, it may not be long before another Conjuring film is officially announced by the studio.
What should viewers expect from a possible fourth movie? Set in 1981, the events of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It transpired rather late in the Warrens’ careers as paranormal investigators, but the murder trial of Arne Johnson wasn’t the last supernatural incident that the couple looked into. There are others that happened after that which could be explored in The Conjuring 4 and future films, such as the Smurl haunting or the demon infestation of the Snedeker home in 1986.
The Smurl haunting was made into a movie already through A Haunting in Connecticut, but it could always receive a Conjuring 4 adaptation with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s characters. Another choice for the story pertains to an idea previously discussed by James Wan, which was the prospect of the Warrens looking into a werewolf mystery. It was thought at one point that this could be the plan for The Conjuring 3, but it could be used in The Conjuring 4 instead.
The Cancelled Devil Made Me Do It Spinoff
The Conjuring 3 was originally intended to continue the trend set by the first two movies by launching a new spinoff through a now-deleted demon character. The Conjuring did it with Anabelle, and The Conjuring 2 did it with The Nun, so a plan was in place for The Devil Made Me Do It to make that work with a demon of its own. The writers conceived a demon (played by Davis Osborne) that they believed would be perfect for a standalone story in the Conjurverse. Unlike Eugenia Bondurant’s Occultist, this character actually was inspired by the real-life “Devil Made Me Do It” case. He was supposedly one of the evil spirits heard on the David Glatzel exorcism tape. If included, the demon would have filled a co-antagonist role alongside Occultist, but this idea was ultimately scrapped. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It director Michael Chaves said that rather than use both and risk the story being too complex, they decided to commit to one human villain. Chaves’ comments reveal that scenes with Davis Osborne’s demon were shot but had to be cut, with Osborne getting a bit role as a prison infirmary patient in its place. However, the character could theoretically appear in a future Conjurverse movie.
Whatever happens with future Conjuring movies, it seems unlikely that series creator James Wan will return to the director’s chair. In 2016, he publicly stated that he would not be directing another Conjuring movie due to scheduling conflicts. In addition to his creative role on the Conjuring and Saw horror franchises, Wan is also directing the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and seems more interested in stand-alone horror movies like Malignant. Wan’s busy slate could also help to explain why there has been little public development on upcoming Conjurverse movies. But like a good horror villain, it likely The Conjuring will keep coming back again and again.
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