Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious) recently booked Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga to star in his new horror film The Conjuring (which is in the process of getting a new name). In the movie – which is allegedly based on true events – the pair will play a pair of paranormal investigators who investigate a haunted house.
But what fun would a haunted house movie be if there wasn’t someone in the house being haunted? Well, The Conjuring has that too.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, veteran character actors Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor are joining The Conjuring as the couple who move into the haunted farm house with their children. The pair are based on the Perron family, who claim to have experienced a terrifying haunting during the 1970s.
With the success of Insidious last year, James Wan helped show that there’s still a place in the world of horror for the classic haunted house story. With Livingston and Taylor joining the already solid cast of Wilson and Varmiga, it seems like Wan may be set for another successful spooky offering.
Of course, it all depends on whether the script is any good. Up to this point in his career, Wan has worked exclusively with writer Leigh Whannell. As the pair explained in an interview with Screen Rant last year, they have a great working relationship and it definitely shows in their films (at least from a box office perspective).
The pair’s first feature film together, Saw, is one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time and launched a nearly billion dollar franchise. Last year’s Insidious made over $100 million worldwide on a budget of only $1.5 million.
The Conjuring, however, isn’t another Wan-Whannell production. It’s being scripted by twin brothers Chad and Carey Hayes, whose most notable films to date include House of Wax and The Reaping (which earned 25% and 8% fresh ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively).
Still, having had the opportunity to interview Wan, I believe that he is one of the few horror directors out there that really knows how to scare an audience and I’m hopeful that, script concerns notwithstanding, he’ll deliver another hit.
We’ll keep you updated about the status of The Conjuring.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter