If you find yourself in the mood to be spooked this weekend, you could do a lot worse than James Wan’s new haunted house horror movie The Conjuring, which early reviews have indicated is likely to become the most frightening film of the year. The trailers so far have certainly supported that theory, showing the Perron family (led by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) besieged by malevolent spirits in some very nasty ways.

The Conjuring is based on the “true story” of a haunting case investigated by famous paranormal investigation team Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who are perhaps best known for their involvement in the Amityville haunting and the subsequent horror movie based on their findings. Lorraine was a consultant during the making of The Conjuring, and the most recent trailer for the film featured interviews with the real Perron family.

Variety now reports that New Line Cinema is wasting no time in getting The Conjuring 2 on the road. New Line president Toby Emmerich has revealed that a sequel is already in development, and claims that The Conjuring is “as good a horror movie as we’ve ever made.” With Lorraine Warren’s “permission and support,” the studio is already moving ahead with the sequel, while the first film is set to open in theaters on Friday.

Chad and Carey Hayes, the screenwriters behind The Conjuring (as well as The Reaping and the House of Wax remake) have already signed on to pen a script for The Conjuring 2, but at this point it’s not yet known whether director James Wan or any of the actors in the movie will return for the sequel. Emmerich says that New Line is interested in building a movie franchise around the Warrens’ investigations, which would presumably mean bringing both Farmiga and Wilson back, but obviously the development is still in its infancy.

The Conjuring received a hype injection a few months ago when the MPAA awarded it an R rating, not because the film contains excessive violence or sexual imagery, but simply because it was deemed “too scary” for younger audiences. Current box office projections expect The Conjuring to bring in $30 million during its opening weekend, far outstripping its PG-13 ghost-themed rival R.I.P.D., which is expected to flop with only a $14 million domestic box office take between Friday and Sunday.

Does New Line’s confidence in The Conjuring make you want to see it for yourself, or are you not a fan of the Wan?

The Conjuring will begin haunting theaters on July 19th, 2013.

Source: Variety