Granted, Wan will still be actively involved in the development of The Conjuring 3, and is expected to produce via his Atomic Monster banner.
Deadline has the scoop, confirming that David Leslie Johnson (Dungeons and Dragons, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist) has been appointed to hash out a script.
And it sounds like The Conjuring 3 will be the ideal opportunity to shake things up a bit because it’s not just the director that’s shaping up for a change this time around.
The producers have sealed the logline for The Conjuring 3, but we do know that it won’t follow the same formula as the first two Conjuring movies, which centered on investigations by Lorraine and Ed Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
In what doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, New Line Cinema is moving ahead with a third Conjuring film.
Apart from The Conjuring 2, Johnson and Wan’s working relationship also includes Wan’s upcoming DCEU picture Aquaman.
There’s no word yet on who might step into the role for the third film, and it will be interesting to see if The Conjuring can maintain it’s spooky magic without the filmmaker behind the camera. “Annabelle: Creation” opens August 11 and “The Nun” opens on July 13, 2018.
A scene from The Conjuring 2.
Are you looking forward to The Conjuring 3? Annabelle was made for $6 million and pulled in $256 million worldwide.
Johnson has worked on the script for Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman“, which Wan is now directing. Johnson is no stranger to horror, having also penned Orphan, episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead and New Line’s planned reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
He is repped by Paradigm and attorney Howard Abramson at Behr Abramson Levy.