‘The Conjuring 2’ Getting a Rewrite From ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Orphan’ Scribe
Following the debut of the first trailer for the James Wan-produced ‘Demonic,’ comes some more Wan-centric news: it was recently revealed that the director is heading back behind the camera for ‘The Conjuring 2,’ but first the script for the upcoming sequel will receive a rewrite. New Line and Wan have just brought on ‘Orphan’ scribe David Leslie Johnson to help polish the spooky screenplay.
The Wrap reports that Johnson has been hired to rewrite the script for ‘The Conjuring 2,’ which is set to hit theaters in 2016. The first draft of the script was penned by Chad and Carey Hayes, who wrote the screenplay for the first ‘Conjuring’ film. The sequel script was subsequently revised by Eric Heisserer, known for writing the remakes of ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘The Thing.’ Johnson’s credits include the creepy 2009 horror film ‘Orphan,’ as well as ‘Wrath of the Titans’ and episodes of ‘The Walking Dead.’
What’s also interesting to note is that the apparent title of the sequel is ‘The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.’ Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are reprising their roles as famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who investigated the Enfield Poltergeist in the ‘70s. The Enfield Poltergeist refers to the paranormal activity reported at a council house in Enfield, England, where a single mother reported that her four children were complaining of furniture moving on its own and loud knocking in the walls. Later, the mother and children complained of demonic voices, levitation, and rocks and toys being tossed around.
Some were skeptical of the poltergeist, and after one of the daughters was caught in the act, both she and her sister admitted to reporters that the haunting was a hoax. Following their confession, two paranormal investigators who wrote about the haunting asked them to retract their statement.
Reading about the Enfield Poltergeist has us even more curious about the upcoming sequel, which will apparently move the action from the U.S. to England. ‘The Conjuring 2' is slated to hit theaters on June 10, 2016.