How The Conjuring Films Are Planned

We live in a world of shared universes. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the MonsterVerse, we aren’t really wanting for shared worlds between films. For better or worse, it’s kind of been a staple of the current generation of movies, and that’s extended past big blockbusters to mid-budget horror movies. Case in point: The Conjuring. What first started out as a standalone horror film quickly grew into something more.

As of this writing, there have been eight films inhabiting this world, including three Conjuring films, three Annabelle films, one Nun film, and The Curse of La Llorona. Additionally, there is another Nun film in the works, along with The Crooked Man. So, yeah, they have no shortage of movies here.

But how do they plan these movies? Speaking with THR, the writer and director of Annabelle Comes Home, Gary Dauberman, gave some insight into how they plan these movies.

“I think we may in broad strokes, but I also think it’s: “Let’s write this story and see how it fits. If it doesn’t fit, let’s figure out why.” But, I don’t think we’re going, “Well, we have to include this or we can’t include that.” Although it’s part of the universe, Annabelle Comes Home is also a very self-contained story. It takes place literally and figuratively within the universe. It takes place in the Warren’s house, which we established in The Conjuring, so I knew I couldn’t burn it down or anything like that. We are careful of that stuff, but first and foremost, we’re thinking of the story. From there, we look at it in terms of how it fits in the larger universe. If there’s any sort of red flags, we’ll address those. The initial conversation is more about what the story of this movie is going to be, as opposed to how it works within the universe.

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So, as most of us suspected, this is not the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of how these movies are connected. Yes, there are overlapping events and characters, but they very much create these movies almost independent of one another before taking a look at how they connect.

It’s a smart move. At the end of the day, audiences come for the scares, and the connections are a bonus, not a necessity. Still, it’s pretty cool what they’ve been able to do with this franchise, and with Annabelle Comes Home already doing solid with critics, this could be another big hit for Warner Bros.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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