Director James Wan, famous for The Conjuring and kickstarting the Saw and Insidious franchises, will return to New Line Cinema after inking a deal to direct The Conjuring 2.
Deadline reports that shooting will begin next summer and the film will be released sometime in 2016. This gives Wan time to promote his latest film, Fast & Furious 7, which opens next April.
Wan said that he found inspiration to take on the sequel to his 2013 horror film whilst editing F&F7.
“Taking a break from horror has allowed me to be creatively rejuvenated,” Wan said. “I’m excited to tell the story of the next case-file of Ed & Lorraine Warren and expand on this world we’ve created.
Not only has Wan signed on to direct The Conjuring sequel, he will also help develop and produce most low budget sci-fi, horror and comedy films for the Warner Bros label. This deal follows the box office success of Annabelle, a prequel to The Conjuring, which Wan produced for New Line.
He is the first filmmaker to ink a deal of this kind with the studio.
Wan has developed a reputation for creating successful horror films on modest budgets. The first installment in the Insidious franchise cost only $1.5 million to make, yet it grossed $97 million at the box office, whilst the $5 million sequel made over $160 million worldwide.
“New Line has always been a big believer in great filmmakers emerging from the horror genre…He’s the only overall director with a deal here, because we see him as a class of one,” New Line president/COO Toby Emmerich told Deadline.