Back in November came the news that Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and James Wan’s Atomic Monster are in advanced talks to merge.
The pair’s companies have both generated billions of box-office revenue with their successful horror franchises, with Blum’s titles releasing through Universal whilst Wan’s have come out through Warners.
Wan’s first-look deal with Warners expired in June after seven years, just as the third main entry in the franchise “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” hit cinemas. Though it grossed a lot less than its predecessors, the Michael Chaves-directed entry still made five times its production budget.
Speaking to Collider to promote the release this week of “M3GAN,” Wan discussed the future of the “Conjuring” franchise and says a fourth film is on the way but could mark the end of the series:
“Yeah, we are working on it [‘Conjuring 4’] right now. With ‘The Conjuring’ films, we are very precious about [them]. And so we kind of want to just take our time to make sure we get it right and to make sure the emotion of the Warren stories that we want to tell, and moving into, and potentially wrapping up, we just want to make sure that it’s the right thing, the right story that we’re telling.”
Asked to confirm if the fourth film will be the end of the Warrens’ story, Wan says: “We never know. You never know. We’ll see.” That end likely wouldn’t include the spin-offs, be it “Annabelle,” “The Nun,” etc.