Michael Chaves is taking over for James Wan with the next main entry in the Conjuring franchise. For his film, titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, there appears to be a few significant differences. Specifically, Chaves stated, is that he believes The Conjuring 3 will actually be the “biggest” and “darkest” entry yet in the popular horror franchise. With such a variety of films in the series, it’s especially interesting that this is being considered the “biggest” and “darkest.”
Here’s what Michael Chaves specifically said while speaking with IGN about the film:
“In a lot of ways, this is the biggest Conjuring movie,” Chaves stated. “I showed the final cut to [star] Vera [Farmiga] and her husband and they agreed, and they were like, ‘This is the darkest Conjuring movie.’ It digs into some really dark material. This is definitely a case where there’s real consequence, there’s real victims.”
He also directly compared the film which stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson to the movie Se7en.
“One of the things that [series creator] James [Wan] and I connected on while making The Curse of La Llorona was sharing a lot of the same favorite movies, and one of them is Se7en,” Chaves said. “We both love that movie, and so when he came to me with this script, he basically was like, ‘It’s Se7en, but in the Conjuring universe.’ And he knew that was like catnip for me.”
He further discussed the film:
“This is really taking the Warrens into uncharted places. Being a fan of the franchise, I was honestly really nervous at first breaking with convention, breaking with a lot of things that are tradition, but I think that what we’ve done is really woven the language and the things that you do want from a Conjuring film — the scares, the Warrens, their relationship — and [pushed them] to the limits in this really fresh and exciting new direction.”
With the franchise having grown to such an extent, it’s nice knowing that this film is still going to push the boundaries and limits of what’s been done so far. If The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It really is the “biggest” and “darkest” entry yet, as suggested by the director and in the new trailer, then fans should most definitely be excited.
In the new film…
“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.”
The next horrifying film in the franchise, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, was directed by Michael Chaves, who previously directed The Curse of La Llorona. The screenplay was written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick based on a story he wrote with James Wan. It was produced by James Wan and Peter Safran. The executive producers were Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Judson Scott, and Michelle Morrissey.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will be returning as main characters Ed and Lorraine Warren, with newcomers Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard joining the cast.
The Conjuring 3 is scheduled to hit theaters and HBO Max on June 4, 2021.