That spooky nun in The Conjuring 2 is set to have her own spinoff film.
Following in the footsteps the studio took with Annabelle, New Line Cinema has greenlit a spinoff sequel focusing on the demonic nun introduced in James Wan‘s The Conjuring 2.
According to THR, Conjuring 2 co-writer David Leslie Johnson has been hired to write The Nun, which will no doubt aim to copy the results seen by Annabelle, a spinoff that took in over $US256 million on a production budget of $US6.5 million. Ka-ching.
Franchise producer Wan will be producing the spinoff alongside Peter Safran, who has also been behind the other films in the franchise.
Interestingly, the demonic nun was only added to The Conjuring 2 three months before the film hit cinemas. The film’s primary antagonist was a demon with horns, but things changed when Wan came up with a last-minute idea. The studio gave the change a go-ahead, a sign of New Line’s faith in Wan, and re-shoots went ahead.
THR reports some of the changes made:
The art piece that Wilson is painting was altered digitally as the horned demon made way for the demon nun. Some were more extensive, such as a set piece in which Farmiga watches in terror as a shadow crawls across the wall to line up with the painting.
The Conjuring 2 is currently doing big business at the box office, moving into the number 1 spot internationally – sans China, which has pushed Warcraft to $US308 million worldwide thus far. The Conjuring 2 has passed $US101 million a mere 8 days from its first official release date. Expect it to wrap up on big numbers.
Annabelle 2, by the way, is scheduled for U.S. release on May 19, 2017.