The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Chaves
Produced by
Screenplay byDavid Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Story by
  • James Wan
  • David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Starring
Music byJoseph Bishara
CinematographyMichael Burgess
Edited byPeter Gvozdas
Christian Wagner
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • June 4, 2021 (2021-06-04) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (also known as The Conjuring 3) is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves, with a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick from a story by Johnson-McGoldrick and James Wan. The film will serve as a sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and 2016's The Conjuring 2, and as the eighth installment overall in the Conjuring Universe franchise. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will be reprising their roles as paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren, with Ruairi O'Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard also starring. Wan and Peter Safran are returning to co-produce the project. The film is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a murder trial that took place in 1981 in Connecticut.

Initial development for a third Conjuring film began in 2016, though Wan stated that he would not be directing another film in the series due to scheduling conflicts with other projects. Safran confirmed that the next film would not be a haunted house film. By June 2017, it was officially announced that a third installment was in development, with David Leslie Johnson hired to write the screenplay. Michael Chaves was announced as the film's director, after previously directing The Curse of La Llorona.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is scheduled for release in the United States on June 4, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. Its release date was delayed from an original date of September 11, 2020, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema. The film will also have a month-long simultaneous release on the HBO Max streaming service starting on that date.[1]

Premise[edit]

The Devil Made Me Do It reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.[a]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In 2016, regarding further potential sequels, James Wan stated, "There could be many more [Conjuring] movies because the Warrens have so many stories." Screenwriters Chad and Carey W. Hayes also expressed interest in working on a story for another sequel.[4] However, Wan stated that he may be unable to direct the film due to his commitments to other projects.[5] He told Collider, "Assuming we are lucky enough to have a third chapter, there are other filmmakers that I would love to sort of continue on the Conjuring world, if we are lucky enough".[6] Wan also noted that, if a third film were to be made, it would ideally take place in the 1980s.[7] Wan later stated that the sequel could include lycanthropy, "Maybe we can go and do it like a classic American Werewolf in London style. [...] The Warrens set against the backdrop of The Hound of Baskerville".[8] In May 2017, Safran said it would be unlikely that a third installment would be a "haunted house" film.[9]

In June 2017, it was announced a third installment was in development, with The Conjuring 2 co-writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick hired to write the screenplay.[10] In August 2017, Wan told Entertainment Weekly that the filmmakers have "been working hard on The Conjuring 3 ", and that "we're in the midst of working on the script, and still hashing [it] out. We want to make sure that the script is in a really good place. With how much people have loved the first two [Conjuring films], I don't want to rush in to the third one if possible."[11] By September of the following year, producer Peter Safran stated that the script was near completion and that production would begin sometime during 2019. In May 2019, it was revealed that James Wan co-wrote the story with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.[12]

Pre-production[edit]

"While working closely with Chaves on The Curse of La Llorona, I got to know him as a filmmaker. 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."

James Wan on his decision to choose Michael Chaves as The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It director[13]

In October 2018, it was announced that The Conjuring 3 would not be directed by Wan, but instead would be directed by The Curse of La Llorona director Michael Chaves. Wan stated that he was impressed while working with him on The Curse of La Llorona.[14] In December 2018, Wan confirmed the film's plot details. Wan spoke with Bloody Disgusting, saying, "I think it's the first time in America's history where the defendant used possessions as a reason, as an excuse."[15] In October 2019, Joseph Bishara—who composed the scores for The Conjuring, Annabelle, The Conjuring 2, The Curse of La Llorona and Annabelle Comes Home—was confirmed to be returning to score this third Conjuring film.[16] In December 2019, the film's official title, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, was revealed.[17][18]

Casting[edit]

In December 2018, it was confirmed that Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga would reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren respectively from The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2.[19] In August 2019, actress Megan Ashley Brown announced that she and Mitchell Hoog will portray young Lorraine and Ed Warren respectively.[20] In December 2019, Sterling Jerins, Julian Hilliard, Sarah Catherine Hook and Ruairi O'Connor were all confirmed as part of the film's cast by director Chaves.[21]

Filming[edit]

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It entered production on June 3, 2019, with filming taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.[22] On August 15, 2019, Farmiga announced that she had finished filming her scenes for the film and that filming had wrapped after 80 days.[23]

Release[edit]

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on June 4, 2021, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.[24] As part of its plans for all of its 2021 films, Warner Bros. will also stream The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It simultaneously on the HBO Max service for a period of one month, after which the film will be removed from the service until the normal home media release schedule period.[1] It was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on theaters and the film industry, after previously being scheduled to be released on September 11, 2020.[25][26]

References[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The premise is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, also known as the "Devil Made Me Do It" case.[2]

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