The lucrative Conjuring franchise is on its way to producing a fourth installment, and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick will again be writing the script, as he did for The Conjuring 2 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
Released in 2021, the latter film was a blockbuster hit that boosted New Line’s revenues past $2 billion. The first installment, released in 2013, earned $320 million worldwide, a whopping 16 times over its $20 million budget.
Based on real-life case files, The Conjuring series narrates the comings and goings of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a team of paranormal investigators. Their roles in the first three films were played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who will be reprising their parts in the upcoming installment, says co-producer (with Peter Safran) James Wan.
Both Wan and Safran are currently in France, where they are engaged with the production of The Nun 2, another spinoff.
Though a director for The Conjuring 4 has not yet been announced, it’s expected that Michael Chaves will be returning to helm the new film. He’s also in France, as director of The Nun 2.
Johnson-McGoldrick is a veteran screenwriter for Warner Bros., having scripted the 2009 horror picture Orphan, as well as Red Riding Hood and Wrath of the Titans. He also penned the billion-dollar-grossing Aquaman as well as its sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which will open in December. He’s also slated to write a sequel to Flash, a DC movie.
Once The Devil Made Me Do It was done, Johnson-McGoldrick tweeted: “One of the things that was really important to me when writing this script was that Ed and Lorraine never fight. I think that one of the things people like about them is that they have this fantasy relationship that we all want”.f
The veteran screenwriter began his career as a production assistant on Frank Darabont’s 1994 film, The Shawshank Redemption, which was filmed in his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio.