The Warrens might tackle the devil in “The Conjuring 3”, but paranormal investigators are not candidates for 2020 either.
The third episode starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, scheduled for release in September 2020, has been postponed to 2021 due to the global situation.
At least we know that the third film, officially titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, will be about the actual trial of Arne Cheyenne Jackson (more on this in a moment), and that there has been a change behind the scenes.
It wouldn’t be a Conjuring movie without Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, so the third film wouldn’t happen if they didn’t return.
Of their return, Patrick Wilson told The Hollywood Reporter, “The process [of shooting Conjuring 3] was fantastic, and it’s a very different feeling. It’s still the same bones; it’s still very much Ed and Lorraine.
“Again, we’re pushing our characters to places they’ve never been before, but the movie will be a really nice addition because it’s definitely a different beast. Pun intended.”
Aside from the two leads, we could expect a reunion with Sterling Jerins as Warren’s daughter Judy, but the two previous films have focused on different families, so more returnees are unlikely.
We do know that Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard have been confirmed to be part of the cast, though their roles have yet to be officially confirmed.
We wouldn’t rule out another appearance of the troublesome Valak – played by Bonnie Aarons in all the films – even though Lorraine banished the demon to Hell in the climax of The Conjuring 2.
The official synopsis reads, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” reveals a chilling tale of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocks even seasoned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
“One of the most sensational cases in their archives begins with a battle for the soul of a child, then takes them beyond anything they’ve seen before to mark the first time in American history that a murder suspect has pleaded demonic possession as a defense.”
The title refers to the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who pleaded not guilty to murdering his landlord, Alan Bono, claiming he was possessed by a demon when the crime occurred.
The Warrens were implicated because they were involved in the exorcism of David Glatzel, which involved the same demon Johnson claimed to be possessed by.
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The third film will feel different than the other Conjuring films simply because there is no haunted house in sight, but it was important to Wan that they keep the inspiration real.
“All the Conjuring movies are based on the case files, so they rely more on the real history aspect of the Warrens. I think that’s important. It’s important that the Mothership stays true to the inspiration of real people,” he explained.
“In the spinoffs, we have more fun and do crazy and wonderfully weird things. The Mothership that is the Conjuring movies, we want it to be real again.”