After haunting Ed and Lorraine Warren in Enfield, the demonic nun from The Conjuring 2 is going to get even more screen time when her own movie comes out this year, but we'll have to wait a little longer than expected to see the anticipated spinoff, as Warner Bros. has shifted its theatrical release from July to September.
Multiple sources, including Variety, report that New Line Cinema's The Nun is now scheduled to haunt theaters on September 7th, nearly two months after its previous July (Friday the) 13th release date.
Warner Bros. is likely looking to replicate the massive box office success of 2017's IT movie, which was released in US theaters on September 8th and has raked in over $700 million worldwide.
One of several spinoff movies in James Wan's The Conjuring cinematic universe (other entries include the Annabelle movies and the in-development Crooked Man film), The Nun will explore the backstory of the demonic nun encountered by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring 2. The new movie is directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow) from a screenplay co-written by James Wan and Gary Dauberman, with Wan also producing the project with Peter Safran.
Warner Bros. isn't the only studio seeking big box office numbers in September, as 20th Century Fox rescheduled The Predator for a September 14th theatrical release. When you also factor in the new Halloween movie coming out on October 19th, horror fans will have no shortage of scares to watch on the big screen in the weeks leading up to October 31st.
Read on for the official press release with more details on The Nun, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the latest entry to The Conjuring cinematic universe.
Press Release: (May 3, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Filmmaker James Wan, director of the record-setting horror hits “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” explores another dark corner of that universe with New Line Cinema’s “The Nun.” Helmed by award-winning director Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”), the new fright-fest has begun production on location in Romania. It will be produced by Wan through his Atomic Monster production company, along with Peter Safran, who has produced all of the films in “The Conjuring” franchise. “The Nun” is set for release on July 13, 2018.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
“The Nun” stars Oscar nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Sister Irene, Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) as local villager Frenchie, Charlotte Hope (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (“Toni Erdmann”) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her “Conjuring 2” role as the title character.
Wan’s Atomic Monster slate includes “Annabelle” and “Lights Out,” as well as the upcoming “Annabelle: Creation,” with Wan serving as producer on all. Co-creator of the “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises, Wan directed the worldwide hit “Furious 7,” and is next set to helm the highly anticipated feature “Aquaman.”
Safran also produced the sequel “Annabelle: Creation,” opening August 11th and is producing “Aquaman.”
Hardy will direct “The Nun” from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (upcoming “It”), story by Dauberman & James Wan.
Serving as executive producers are Gary Dauberman and Todd Williams, with Michael Clear as co-producer.
Joining Hardy behind the scenes are director of photography Maxime Alexandre (“The Voices,” upcoming “Annabelle: Creation”), production designer Jennifer Spence (“Lights Out,” the “Insidious” films), editor Michel Aller (“Lights Out,” “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension”), and costume designer Sharon Gilham (TV’s “Black Mirror”).
“The Nun” is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster / Safran Company production, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.