Even as Aquaman races towards theaters, director James Wan still has his mind on The Conjuring franchise. Asked about the upcoming third film, for which he is a producer, Wan revealed some basic plot points.
“It’s this guy who was on trial for committing a murder,” Wan told Bloody Disgusting. “I think it’s the first time in America’s history where the defendant used possessions as a reason, as an excuse.” This seems to confirm early rumors that the film would revolve around a trial, changing up the haunted house settings of the first two films.
The films draw inspiration from the Warrens, as played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, and their extensive records concerning all the paranormal investigations they undertook. “All the Conjuring films are based on the case files, so they’re more based on the true story aspect of the real-life Warrens. I think that’s important. It’s important that the mothership stays true to the inspiration of the real people," Wan explained. "The spinoffs are where we get to have more fun and do weird and wonderful crazy things."
The spinoffs he's referring to here are, of course, the Annabelle films, as well as 2018's The Nun. Wilson and Farmiga both recently signed on to reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren in Annabelle 3 in addition to the third Conjuring film.
Michael Chaves, who recently directed The Curse of La Llorona, which was also produced by James Wan, is slated to take over the reins for The Conjuring 3.