There’s a new Conjuring movie in the works at New Line from writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who wrote the prior two films in the lucrative fright franchise.
James Wan (who directed the original Conjuring movie) and Peter Safran will return to produce The Conjuring 4, which is shaping up to be the ninth film in the franchise following its three predecessors, the Annabelle trilogy, The Nun, and its upcoming sequel, which is currently shooting in France.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are expected to reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, though they don’t have deals firmly in place just yet. That said, the studio and producers should have no trouble affording them, as the Conjuring franchise has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide on a fraction of the budget.
Johnson-McGoldrick started his career as a production assistant on The Shawshank Redemption and then spent five years as director Frank Darabont‘s personal assistant. What’s fascinating about his career is that he earned every single one of his seven screenwriting credits on a Warner Bros. movie, so clearly, the studio has faith in him.
In addition to the previous two Conjuring films, Johnson-McGoldrick also co-wrote Aquaman and its upcoming sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. He goes back with the studio even longer, having penned Orphan, Red Riding Hood, and Wrath of the Titans.
Meanwhile, Johnson-McGoldrick also wrote a draft for the pending sequel to The Flash, which won’t hit theaters until June 23, 2023. He’s represented by CAA, and THR broke the news of his return to the Conjuring universe.