James Wan wanted to turn The Conjuring into a connected universe from the start

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:29 AM EDT (Updated)

Back when he was putting together The Conjuring ahead of its 2013 release, director James Wan was already mapping out plans for a connected universe of terror. Think the MCU, just with evil dolls and head-spinning possessions.

With the latest spinoff sequel Annabelle: Creation the No. 1 movie in America, Wan told The Hollywood Reporter he envisioned a connected franchise from the start. Before they landed on The Conjuring for the title, Wan had pitched The Warren Files, as something “that was going to be a more encompassing sort of umbrella name for this whole world.” Wan compared the narrative approach to The Conjuring (which includes two Conjuring films, two Annabelle films, and upcoming spinoffs The Crooked Man and The Nun, plus another Conjuring) to a television series, with story threads mapped out to fit into multiple films.

“If you start approaching it that way, you kinda see where the films can sort of fan out, where the storylines can fan out and become other stuff,” Wan said.

Looking ahead, Wan described The Nun as “The Name of the Rose crossed with The Conjuring,” and revealed he already knows where a second Nun film could go if the first one proves to be a hit, and he’s already looking at how that could thread back to Lorraine’s story in the flagship Conjuring movies. Because, be it horror or superheroes, it’s all connected, right?

What do you think of the Conjuring universe? Digging all these spinoffs and sequels?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)