THE CONJURING 3 Gets a 2020 Release Date

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During Warner Bros. CinemaCon presentation they revealed the that James Wan-produced horror film The Conjuring 3 would be released on September 11, 2020.

I love this horror franchise and this next chapter will be helmed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona). While details on the story haven’t been officially revealed, we know that Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will reprise their roles of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

When previously talking about the upcoming third chapter, Wilson promised that it will be a different and fresh experience.

“We just finished Annabelle 3 which is cool. It’s nice to dip our toes into that franchise a little bit. Conjuring 3 will be different than anything we’ve seen, which is fun.”

It’s also rumored that the story will be “about a man on trial for murder who claims he was possessed by a demon.” That hasn’t been confirmed, but that would certainly make for an interesting story!

If this really is the story, then the movie will most likely focus on Arne Cheyenne Johnson. On November 24th, 1981, in Brookfield, Connecticut, Arne Cheyenne Johnson was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the killing of his landlord, Alan Bono. This is the first court case in the United States in which the defense sought to prove innocence based upon the defendant's claim of demonic possession and denial of personal responsibility for the crime. Here are some additional details from Wiki:

According to testimony by the Glatzel family, 11-year-old David Glatzel had allegedly played host to the demon that forced Johnson to kill Bono. After witnessing a number of increasingly ominous occurrences involving David, the family, exhausted and terrified, decided to enlist the aid of self-described demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (noted for their investigation into the famed Amityville Haunting) in a last-ditch effort to "cure" David. The Glatzel family, along with the Warrens, then proceeded to have David exorcised by a number of Catholic priests. The process continued for several days, concluding when, according to those present, a demon fled the child's body and took up residence within Johnson. Several months later, Johnson killed his landlord during a heated conversation. His defense lawyer argued in court that he was possessed, but the judge ruled that such a defense could never be proven and was therefore infeasible in a court of law. Johnson was subsequently convicted, though he only served five years of a 10- to 20-year sentence.

This is definitely intriguing and a very different kind of story from the previous films in the franchise, and it would be interesting to see the story brought to life.

When talking about the director of the film, Wan said:

"While working closely with Chaves on The Curse of La Llorona, I got to know him as a filmmaker. Chaves’ ability to bring emotion to a story, and his understanding of mood and scares make him a perfect fit to direct the next Conjuring film."

Are you excited for The Conjuring 3?

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