Warner Bros. has scheduled releases dates for three films: an untitled Conjuring movie, Michael B. Jordan's Just Mercy, and Melissa McCarthy's Superintelligence. James Wan's original Conjuring movie was a horror film (very) loosely based on real events and became a huge critical/financial success for WB in 2013. It has since unexpectedly given rise to a lucrative shared horror movie universe that will continue to expand this summer, when WB releases The Nun; a spinoff based around The Conjuring 2's demonic nun villain. The studio doesn't plan to end the franchise with that film, either.
McCarthy has similarly made herself into a lucrative brand in recent years, having starred in a string of profitable comedy hits since she turned heads with her Oscar-nominated role in 2011's Bridesmaids. Jordan has likewise emerged as a bankable leading man and is coming off his widely acclaimed turn as the villainous Eric "Killmonger" Stevens in Black Panther earlier this year. The latter will return later this year in HBO's buzzed-about Fahrenheit 451 adaptation, followed by a turn in the second installment of his Rocky spinoff series, Creed II.
WB has now officially set releases dates for Jordan and McCarthy's next projects for the studio, along with a date for the next Conjuring film after The Nun. The new Conjuring movie will arrive July 3, 2019, which is two days before the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is slated to hit theaters. Currently, the two most likely candidates for that mystery Conjuring film are The Conjuring 3 and The Crooked Man, a spinoff based around the Conjuring 2 villain. Both are in the script development stage right now, but neither has a director attached at the moment. Wan has described Crooked Man in particular as a "dark fairytale" and confirmed that it will have its "own flavor" separate from the other Conjuring films.
Superintelligence will arrive later next year on December 25, 2019. The sci-fi comedy reunites McCarthy with director Ben Falcone (aka. her husband) and revolves around an "unfulfilled" corporate executive (McCarthy) who is selected for observation by the world's first "superintelligence". So far, the film sounds like another chip off the same block as McCarthy and Falcone's previous comedies, including next month's Life of the Party. Even so, it stands a decent shot at success as counter-programming to the big winter holiday season releases next year, including Star Wars: Episode IX and the Wicked movie musical.
By comparison, Just Mercy is a serious docudrama about a wrongly-convicted young black man, based on Bryan Stevenson's 2014 memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Jordan will star in the film, with Destin Daniel Cretton of Short Term 12 and The Glass House fame directing. That combination of actor and director suggests Just Mercy has awards season potential and WB could be thinking the same thing. The studio has slated the film to open in theaters on January 1, 2020, suggesting it will get an Oscar-qualifying limited run before going into wide release on that day.
We will bring you more details on the Conjuring franchise, Just Mercy, and Superintelligence as they become available.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures