Warner Bros. has released a new featurette offering a behind-the-scenes look into the upcoming film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and the entire franchise. The focus is on how the upcoming film is taking a different path from its predecessors and moving away from the typical haunted house setting.
The featurette also offers some new footage from the third installment in The Conjuring franchise, complete with jump scares and possessed humans. But, the new film promises to add more mystery to its storyline. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are returning as the real-life paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren.
In the featurette, producer James Wan reveals that while they were shooting The Conjuring 2, he suddenly had an idea for what the next installment in the franchise should focus on during a break in photography. “I think it should be more of a detective story,” he is heard saying. After helping the police solve many cases and finding missing people, Wan believes that moving the Warrens away from haunted houses was the natural direction the script could move in. Director Michael Chaves, who previously worked on the sixth installment in The Conjuring universe, titled The Curse of La Llorona, talks about how the 1995 film Seven is one of their favorites and was used by him and Wan as a reference point when creating the script for their upcoming project. Seven was a psychological thriller starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in lead roles and narrated the story of two detectives solving the case of a serial killer murdering people according to the seven deadly sins.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will focus on the real-life case of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a murder trial that Ed and Lorraine worked on back in 1981. The case was the first time that a murder suspect in the US claimed demonic possession as his defense. Wan has previously referred to the upcoming film as the darkest one in The Conjuring franchise, partly because it focuses on one of Warren’s most controversial cases.
While the film will work as a sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and 2016's The Conjuring 2, it is the eighth installment in the cinematic universe as a whole. Apart from The Conjuring films, the universe includes three Annabelle movies, a spin-off feature titled The Nun, and the previously mentioned standalone entry The Curse of La Llorona.
This isn’t the first featurette released by Warner Bros. to promote the upcoming film. Back in October 2020, the media conglomerate had released a half-hour clip that offered fans a behind-the-scenes look at The Conjuring universe along with a first look at The Devil Made Me Do It. Similar to the newly released featurette, the video included interviews with Wan and the cast members talking about the journey they have been on since the inception of the horror franchise.
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