15 Jun – The horror movie franchise "The Conjuring" continues to expand with another spinoff being planned, focusing on the Crooked Man character that appeared in "The Conjuring 2".
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mike Van Waes will be penning the script from a story that was already constructed by James Wan, who has directed most of the movies of "The Conjuring" franchise and has produced them all together with Peter Safran.
Wan and Safran will be producing the new spinoff as well.
The Crooked Man was first seen in a zoetrope toy owned by the youngest child of the Hodgson family in "The Conjuring 2" before it manifested as an actual figure to scare the family.
The character was based on an old English nursery rhyme: "There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile./He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile./He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse./And they all lived together in a little crooked house."
"The Conjuring" series stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
The horror franchise has so far collectively earned over USD897 million and with more prequels and spinoffs on the way, it won't be long before the franchise crosses the USD1 billion mark.
The first prequel spinoff was "Annabelle" based on the cursed doll that briefly appeared in the beginning of "The Conjuring". The prequel to the movie, "Annabelle: Creation" will hit theatres on 10 August.
The next spinoff, "The Nun" will be released on 12 July 2018. The movie focuses on Valak the demon nun, the main villain of "The Conjuring 2". Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga have already been set to star in the movie.
No further details have been released on the new spinoff, tentatively called "The Crooked Man", but we'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled and our ears out.