Producer says The Conjuring 3 could start shooting next year

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Sep 11, 2018, 5:46 PM EDT

With the latest movie in the Conjuring universe, The Nun, having scared up an astounding first weekend at the box office, the third chapter in the original series may not be far behind.

In an interview with CinemaBlend, producer Peter Safran — who's been a producer on all the Conjuring-related films, including the Annabelle spinoffs — was asked about the status of The Conjuring 3.

"It's actually coming along great," he explained. "David Leslie Johnson is working on the screenplay, and I feel pretty confident they will have that one up and running next year."

2013's The Conjuring and 2016's sequel were both massive hits for Warner Bros. and director James Wan, so a third chapter was almost inevitable even as the studio has concentrated on offshoots like Annabelle — which is shooting a third entry this fall — and The Nun. Johnson, who co-wrote The Conjuring 2, was tasked with penning the script for the follow-up last year, although little has been said about it since.

The beauty of The Conjuring series is that the case files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played in the movies by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) contain plenty of ideas for new stories, so there's no shortage of potentially eerie material.

In fact, Safran said in an earlier interview that they'd like to take the series in a different direction, away from "family living in haunted/possessed house" template of the first two chapters, so it's possible that The Conjuring 3 will tell a completely new type of tale.

Whatever the story ends up being, the producer makes it sound like The Conjuring 3 could be in front of cameras in 2019, with a 2020 release date a good bet after that. Whether or not Wan returns to direct — which would make this his first trilogy — remains to be seen. He's readying Aquaman for a December release now and has expressed interest in producing and possibly directing an adaptation of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers, among other projects.

With movies like The Nun, Annabelle 3 and The Crooked Man all part of the current/upcoming Conjuring universe, are you ready for the series to pick up once again with the supernatural adventures of the Warrens?