The Conjuring series is in development for Warner Bros Discovery’s streaming network, Max, with Peter Safran set to executive produce. A series based on the Conjuring universe has been in the works since 2021. Safran, who is also known as DC Studio’s co-CEO, has admitted that this has been in development for some time now.
The plan is for the franchise to expand but not take away the film instalments. In other words, they are pretty much an extension of The Conjuring films.
The franchise has already had spin-offs with other movies featuring Annabelle (2014), The Nun (2018) and The Curse of La Llorona (2019). So far, the franchise already has eight films, with a fourth Conjuring film currently in development and The Nun 2 is set to release in September this year.
The Conjuring Will Continue On WBD’s Max
It comes as no surprise that WBD would aim to broaden the franchise, given its massive success. While many franchises have attempted to emulate the expansive universe of Marvel’s MCU, many have failed. The Conjuring has emerged as one of the most successful contenders. The combined budget of all films totals $178 million. It has already earned $2.1 billion at the box office.
Now it’s about to start reaching into our television sets.
Several projects have been announced during the recent WBD press event, namely a new Big Bang Theory spin-off series, a new Harry Potter reboot series, another Game of Thrones prequel series, and, interestingly, The Conjuring series is also in the mix.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, James Wan is presently in talks to become an executive producer for the upcoming series. Wan is known for many horror films, but he is also a very versatile writer and director. He made Saw (2004), Furious 7 (2015), and he also did DC Film’s Aquaman and its sequel. More recently, he also produced M3GAN (2022).
Meanwhile, Peter Safran’s involvement as an executive producer for the show has been confirmed. He has a long history of producing films which include many of Wan’s films. Not to mention he also produced James Gunn’s Peacemaker.
The Conjuring Series Is Set In The Same Universe Established In The Films
For now, there are no details about what the show will be about. But there is an interesting tidbit that says that it will continue the story from the films. It is not a reboot, as Safran has said before. Because of this, does this mean it will continue the story featuring Ed and Lorraine Warren? We also wonder if the main stars, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, will return for the series.
Or would it be a spin-off which features new characters but is set in the same universe as The Conjuring universe?
Ed and Lorraine Warren are based on real people who are well-known to be paranormal investigators. A few of their famous investigations were the inspiration for all the Conjuring films. While the films themselves are pretty much fiction, there is some sense of truth to the horror behind the film franchise. Because of the Warren’s long background as paranormal investigators, there is a possibility that the series could deal with another one or more of their investigations.
The show will be produced by Warner Bros Television, The Safran Co (owned by Peter Safran) and Atomic Monster (owned by James Wan).
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