Deadline is exclusively reporting that New Line is moving forward with a third installment to The Conjuring franchise by hiring David Leslie Johnson to write the screenplay.
The Conjuring films are a fictional take on the real-life cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were associated with prominent yet controversial cases. The films follow their attempts to help people who find themselves possessed by demonic spirits.
The Conjuring films have been a big success at the box office for New Line, with the two instalments making over $638m worldwide and creating a spinoff in Annabelle, which made $256m worldwide with sequel Annabelle: Creation set to be released later this year and two more spinoffs in development focusing on Conjuring 2 ghosts The Nun and The Crooked Man.
James Wan, who directed the first two Conjuring films, is set to return in a producer capacity through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran also set to return as a producer. The premise/logline for the third Conjuring film so far is being kept under wraps. David Leslie Johnson’s credits for writing include Orphan, The Conjuring 2 and the upcoming Nightmare On Elm Street film.