Warner Bros. Announce The Nun 2 at CinemaCon

Posted 2022/04/27 11 0

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During the 2022 CinemaCon underway in Las Vegas (via Collider), Warner Bros. made a surprising announcement regarding the continuation of its hit The Conjuring Universe franchise. The Nun 2 (tentative title), sequel to the eponymous 2018 movie, will be the next installment in the studio’s horror film franchise.

No plot details or cast members were revealed during the panel, but writer Akela Cooper, famous for writing the cult horror Malignant is expected to get on board to pen the screenplay. The former film, The Nun, was a prequel film to The Conjuring 2, featuring the origins of the demon Valak. The film, set in Romania, was well received by the audience, who praised its approach of creating atmospheric horror instead of relying on jump scares and inducing the dark tone within the film’s setting, which mainly comprised ruined European castle aesthetics. The underrated film, despite receiving poor critical reviews, went on to earn $365 million on a $22 million budget.

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The film further gained more praise for its effective tie-up to the mainline series of The Conjuring Universe and making Valak the central demonic figure in the franchise at the time. The previous film ended with the climactic sequence revealing that Valak had survived by possessing Maurice and found her way to haunt Lorraine Warren during one of their paranormal investigations. There’s no telling when The Nun 2 will be set within the timeline, but we can expect Bonnie Aarons to return to the role.

The Nun 2 Takes Precedence Over Other Spin-Offs

The Nun 2 has been in development for a long time, but the film has even taken precedence over The Crooked Man, another Conjuring Universe spin-off that entered development before The Nun was released. The Crooked Man would have featured the character of the same name, a demonic figure that first appeared in The Conjuring 2.
It would have been an original story that would have tied up to the semi-fictional universe inspired by the paranormal investigative cases from the files of Ed and Lorraine Warren. However, given the audience response toward The Nun, the studio chose to greenlit The Nun 2 before The Crooked Man. As of now, there is no news on the development of the latter.
The last film in the universe was The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, based on a high-profile prosecution case wherein the defense counsel used demonic possession to explain the crime. While there’s no telling if the mainline series will get a fourth film, The Nun sequel will keep the franchise up and running with what’s expected to be an equally thrilling experience as the previous film.
The Conjuring Universe has spun eight installments with three films in the mainline series, three films in the Annabelle Series, and two spin-offs – The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona. James Wan, who has been the creator and visionary of the series, has remained on the franchise as an executive producer and consultant and has also directed two Conjuring films.
Since there will be some time before The Nun 2 hits theaters, one can slowly go through the previous films and get the hang of the twisted timeline, ultimately leaving room for The Nun 2 to fit in.


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