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Let’s take a break from the real scary world to check in on the fictional scary world of James Wan-related movies. First: the screenwriter of The Conjuring 3, AKA The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, has revealed that the upcoming sequel is completely different from the previous two flicks. In fact, the franchise as a whole is going to start moving away from haunted house stories. Second: we now know when the Aquaman spin-off The Trench takes place.The Conjuring 3
What can we expect from The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It? According to screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, something completely different. The first two films – both directed by James Wan – dealt with haunted houses. But the third, which comes from director Michael Chaves Wan is producing will be focusing on other things that go bump in the night.
“[The Conjuring 3] is a completely different movie than the first two,” Johnson-McGoldrick said on Twitter. “The franchise is expanding beyond the ‘haunted house’ formula.”
Here’s the synopsis that was released for the film: “The Devil Made Me Do It reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.”
I’m a fan of the official Conjuring films not so much the spin-off movies in the Conjuring Universe, though, and I’m excited to see where the story goes next. I only wish James Wan was still directing.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is due out September 11, 2020.The Trench
Another film that’ll eventually swim into the James Wan-adjacent universe is The Trench, a spin-off of Wan’s Aquaman. The film will focus on the monsters who made quite an impact in Wan’s superhero flick, and is said to be a horror movie. Beyond that, though, we really don’t know much about it. But Johnson-McGoldrick again on Twitter did just reveal that the film will “theoretically” be set between Aquaman and Aquaman 2. However, “some pieces of this is still being worked out.”
While this might seem like a no-brainer, there was always a chance that The Trench could’ve been some sort of prequel. But now it looks like it’ll be a natural progression between Aquaman into Aquaman 2. Beyond that, though, the secrets of The Trench remain deep beneath the surface…for now....
The adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical was set to hit theaters June 26.
Warner Bros. on Tuesday delayed the release of the upcoming musical In the Heights and the animated feature Scoob! amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scooby Doo film, which stars an ensemble voice cast including Mark Wahlberg and Zac Efron, was slated for a May 15 release. Meanwhile, Jon M. Chu's adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical In the Heights was set to hit theaters June 26.
The studio has not yet determined new release dates.
In the Heights follows a bodega owner Anthony Ramos who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after he inherits his grandmother's fortune.
Warners also pushed back the release of the superhero movie Wonder Woman 1984, initially slated to open June 5, to Aug. 14. It fills the release slot of James Wan's horror pic Malignant, starring Annabelle Wallis, which is now undated.
The studio did not announce a decision on Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Tenet, which is currently scheduled to bow July 17.
In the Heights now joins a long list of studio tentpoles, including Mulan, Black Widow, F9, No Time to Die and A Quiet Place Part II, which have had their releases postponed due to the coronavirus, leaving the upcoming theatrical calendar.
Major U.S. cities and moviegoing markets across the globe have rolled out protective measures including closing all non-essential businesses and issuing "shelter-in-place" warnings to curb the outbreak of the coronavirus. Cinemas across the nation, including the three largest theater chains, announced an indefinite closure of their theaters.
Source: Hollywood Reporter