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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
Tom Ascheim is headed to WarnerMedia. The former Freeform President has been named President of Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics for Warner Bros. He will oversee Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, the studios of Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation in Los Angeles and will have global responsibility for the Turner Classic Movies channel. He will start in the summer, reporting to Warner Bros. chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff.
The news comes as Ascheim earlier today stepped down as President of Freeform after six and a half years at the Disney network, triggering immediate speculation that he had lined up another job.
At Warner Bros, he reunites with Sarnoff with whom he previously worked at Nickelodeon.
“I am excited that Tom will be joining Warner Bros,” Sarnoff said. “He is an excellent executive and collaborative leader with an impressive track record and deep experience in the kids and young adult worlds. I had the benefit of seeing Tom's skills firsthand when we were at Nickelodeon and really look forward to working with him again.”
Ascheim’s appointment helps fill the void left by the departure at the end of 2019 of Christina Miller, who stepped down as President of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and TCM after almost 15 years with the company. Ascheim’s larger portfolio includes oversight of production operations, including Warner Bros. Animation.
The content under Ascheim’s purview are distributed in 192 countries around the world. The division's networks are in 500 million homes and delivered through over 65 channels in 31 languages. Ascheim will work with executives at Warner Bros. and the WarnerMedia Global Distribution and Advertising Sales team to develop and implement global and local strategies for the brands.
“I am thrilled to be joining Warner Bros. and especially excited to be working with the deeply talented folks at Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, TCM and Warner Bros. Animation,” said Ascheim. “I’ve been watching their work since I was a child and it’s thrilling to be part of such a storied group. I’m equally excited to be working again with Ann Sarnoff who remains one of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.”
Ascheim joined Freeform when it was still ABC Family in December 2013 and oversaw its rebrand into Freeform. Original series on Freeform include hit comedy grown-ish as well as dramas The Bold Type, Siren, Good Trouble, Party of Five, the newest addition, Motherland: Fort Salem, and the upcoming Last Summer produced by Jessica Biel.
A well liked executive, Ascheim has spent much of his career catering tp younger audiences. He joined the millennial-focued Freeform after serving as General Manager of...