The Conjuring 3 joins the long list of movies to be pushed back due to the pandemic and will be delayed until summer of 2021.
With movie theaters still closed, many films that were expected to hit theaters later this summer or in the fall have followed the trend of delays in release date. Variety reported that Warner Bros. has announced that they will be delaying a U.S. release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet indefinitely and the studio also announced another of their upcoming films will be pushed back.
The third Conjuring horror film, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, was originally set to hit theaters September 11. However, it has officially been announced that the movie has a new release date June 4, 2021.
This news isn’t wholly unexpected given that most films have been pushed back either into next year like The Conjuring 3 or until much later in 2020. With COVID-19 cases rising and some major cities having to shut down a number of businesses again it doesn’t look like theaters will be opening in the near future.
The Conjuring 3 Delay Is To Be Expected
Not only are the movie theater closures an integral part of this delay, but The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It was scheduled to have additional re-shoots back in April, which were obviously postponed due to the pandemic and have been unable to resume thus far. So even if theaters are open to the public in September, The Conjuring 3 wouldn’t be ready for the original release date.
“Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen,” said Toby Emmerish, Warner Bros. chairman, in a statement. “We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates.”
At this time Disney’s live-action Mulan is set to hit theaters August 21. If Disney does not push back the live-action adaptation then it will be the first major tent pole film from a major studio to open since the pandemic.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the third Conjuring film and the eighth overall film in The Conjuring franchise. The Conjuring series are supernatural horror films based on the supposed real-life cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a married paranormal investigator couple. The first Conjuring film directed by James Wan was released in 2013 and grossed $319.5 million worldwide on an estimated budget of $20 million. Not only was it a box-office success, but critics and horror fans gave the film rave reviews.
This lead to an entire Conjuring franchise which has grossed a combined $1.9 billion worldwide, with The Conjuring 2, also directed by James Wan, hitting theaters in 2016 and The Conjuring 3 now being released in 2021. There have also been a number of spin-off prequel films based on the origins of some of the demon spirits from the first two films, the doll Annabelle and the demon Nun. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do Itis based on the famous trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson. The multiple murder trial took place in 1981 in Connecticut and marks the first U.S. court case where demonic possession was used as a defense.
Read the official synopsis for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It below:
A chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) based on a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2, Aquaman) and a story by James Wan and Johnson-McGoldrick. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will be reprising their roles as married paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Ruairi O’Connor as Arne Cheyenne Johnson, Sarah Catherine Hook as Debbie Glatzel, and Julian Hilliard as David Glatzel join Wilson and Farmiga in The Conjuring 3. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will now hit theaters June 4, 2021
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Source: Slash Film