Maybe–just maybe–the Devil made them do it.
In a move that may herald a trend in this pandemic-plagued world, WarnerMedia this week said it would release the eighth overall installment in The Conjuring Universe both in theaters and on HBO Max next summer.
Not only will The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It enjoy a theatrical and HBO Max release June 4, 2021, but the entire 2021 slate of Warner Bros. films–including several genre titles–will be available through the same dual-prong attack, as reported by comicbook.com.
The upcoming Warner Bros. genre movies that will be treated this way include this year’s Wonder Woman 1984 (Dec. 25) and next year’s Mortal Kombat (Jan. 15), The Little Things (Jan. 29), Reminiscence (Apr. 16), Godzilla vs. Kong (May 21), The Suicide Squad (Aug. 6), Dune (Oct. 1), The Matrix 4 (Dec. 22) and Malignant (TBA).
The Conjuring 3, of course, is the next film in the enormously popular and successful franchise that started with 2013’s The Conjuring from director James Wan and screenwriters Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes.
This R-rated film, as all fans know, centers on the alleged real-life exploits of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The original–which garnered lots of positive reviews–grossed more than $319 million worldwide on a $20-million budget.
That success led to 2016’s The Conjuring 2, also directed by Wan and written by Wan, the Hayes brothers and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. The sequel was also received received well by critics and moviegoers, grossing more than $320 million worldwide on a budget of $40 million.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It–directed by Michael Chaves and written by Johnson-McGoldrick–will see Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren, with Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook and Julian Hilliard also starring.
The new film–produced by Wan and Peter Safran–is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a trial that took place in Connecticut in 1981. Originally slated to hit theaters Sept. 11 of this year, the movie was delayed (along with so many other projects) due to the pandemic.
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