‘The Crooked Man’: James Wan Producing Another ‘Conjuring 2’ Spinoff

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The Conjuring universe continues to expand.

With Annabelle, the impending Annabelle prequel and the announced spinoff The Nun, it’s clear that New Line wants to juice James Wan’s Conjuring films for all they’re worth.

Up next: The Crooked Man, based on the demonic character featured in The Conjuring 2. THR broke the news, reporting that New Line has hired up-and-coming scribe Mike Van Waes to pen the screenplay from a story crafted by Wan, the creative head of this expanding horror universe.

The character is based on an English nursery rhyme titled “There Was a Crooked Man,” which reads as follows:

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

The first known recording of the rhyme was by James Orchard Halliwell in the 1840s. The “crooked man” of the nursery rhyme is believed by some to be Sir Alexander Leslie, a Scottish General who signed a covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland. The “crooked stile”: the border splitting England and Scotland. “They all lived together in a little crooked house”: the agreement between the two nations and their having to live together despite the animosity.

With The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and Annabelle pulling a total $US897 million worldwide, it’s no wonder this franchise is showing no signs of slowing down. Annabelle: Creation opens in Australia on August 10 and hits the U.S. on August 11. The Nun is scheduled for U.S. release on July 13, 2018.

Here’s The Crooked Man’s appearance in The Conjuring 2: