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'The Conjuring' Sequel Is Already In Development At New Line

Jul 16, 2013 | 3:44pm EDT

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The Conjuring  hasn't even hit theaters yet, but New Line is already working on a sequel. James Wan's demonic possession thriller opens, but it has already had incredible test screening results and strong reviews.

The film, which is set in Rhode Island in 1971, is based on the work of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. They investigate a haunted house where the five Perron girls, whose parents are played by Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor, are being terrorized.

Toby Emmerich, New Line president, spoke to Variety about the film and its sequel. “Horror is very much a part of the DNA of New Line — Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Rite, and the Final Destination films,” he said. “This is as good a horror movie as we’ve ever made…. We think it will have great playability.”

Emmerich said that New Line is exploring the potential for a franchise based on the Warrens' investigations, some of which have already been made into films, including The Amityville Horror  and The Haunting in Connecticut. "We have Lorraine's permission and support, and we are working on developing another film," Emmerich said.

The sequel will be written by brothers Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes, who also wrote The Conjuring. They interviewed Lorraine Warren extensively while they were developing the script.

The Conjuring  opens Friday, and if Wan's previous horror films Saw, Dead Silence, and Insidious are anything to go by, it's going to be a terrifying weekend.

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