If you’re anything like this HBO Watch writer, you’re big into the horror genre and lap up pretty much every horror release going, good or bad. One of the most successful horror franchises in recent years is that of The Conjuring which in itself has become a trilogy focusing on the famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and their work with three families dealing with demonic possession, all of which are based on true accounts. In addition to the trilogy are the spin-off films such as the Annabelle films, The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona. The latter two are the most negatively reviewed of the whole bunch. The first and second Conjuring films have some genuinely terrifying moments which set them apart slightly from the rest and herald James Wan as a great horror director, which was more so made a certainty with his 2021 film Malignant.
It comes as a great delight that Max has now announced that a TV series based on The Conjuring Universe is now in development. According to Warner Bros., the series will continue the stories that have already been established in the film franchise and James Wan is in talks to executive produce. Peter Safran has been confirmed as producer, whose notable works include Aquaman and The Suicide Squad but also worked on The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It and Annabelle: Creation. If Wan can be a confirmed producer too, it would be safe to assume that the series will be left in good hands.
No further details have been announced, but if we are focussing on the stories that have already been established in the movies, it can only be assumed that we will continue with Ed and Lorraine Warren in their lives as self-proclaimed demonologists. The first film The Conjuring released in 2013 focusing on the Perren family and the apparent witch Bathsheba Sherman who terrorised the inhabitants of the house, possessing the mother into murdering her own children. The Conjuring 2 sees Ed and Lorraine travel to England to investigate another possession and poltergeist activity at an unassuming council house in Enfield. The mother and her four children therein are supposedly being haunted by the spirit of an old man who occasionally takes possession of one of the daughters, Janet, to communicate his needs. Finally, The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It is about Arne Cheyenne who murdered his landlord after being apparently possessed by the devil. Each film took significant creative liberties when it came to the truth in order to make a more impactful and terrifying film but their routes in truth are what ultimately make them most terrifying. It will be really interesting to see whether the series is going to focus on the families more than Ed and Lorraine this time or whether it will be more of a continuation of what already exists.