The Conjuring 3, the third proper entry in the horror franchise, will be changing things up. Directing the film will be Michael Chaves, director of the upcoming horror film The Curse of La Llorona. James Wan, who directed the first two Conjuring films, is still slated to produce.
Chaves was discovered by Wan and his production company Atomic Monkey thanks to the short horror film The Maiden, which later led to Wan producing Llorona.
"Chaves’ ability to bring emotion to a story, and his understanding of mood and scares make him a perfect fit to direct the next Conjuring film," said Wan in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Chaves, for his part, is a fan of the previous two films and considers it a "total thrill to be working with James and New Line again."
The Conjuring 3 will focus again on Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators played respectively by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. The Conjuring universe expanded this year with The Nun, which currently holds the highest global box office for the franchise. The series will continue with Annabelle 3, which recently made some casting additions.
The Curse of La Llorona will hit theaters April 19.