The Conjuring 4 has confirmed its ominous official title, The Conjuring: Last Rites, but we could be waiting a while for the new movie.
The title was revealed at CinemaCon in April 2023, where it was also confirmed that a TV show is being developed based on The Conjuring universe for HBO's streaming service Max. It's unclear yet if the fourth movie and TV show will be connected.
In January 2023, producer James Wan – who also directed the first two movies – said work was under way on the fourth movie, after it was confirmed in October 2022, but asked for patience from fans of the series.
"With the Conjuring films, we are very precious about [them]. And so we kind of want to just take our time to make sure we get it right... the emotion of the Warren stories we want to tell. We just want to make sure that it's the right thing, the right story that we're telling."
Wan is back producing the new movie alongside Peter Safran, while David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick – who wrote the second and third movies – is writing the fourth.
While we wait, here's everything you need to know about The Conjuring 4.
The Conjuring 4 potential release date: When could we expect The Conjuring Last Rites?
As mentioned above, The Conjuring 4 has been confirmed, but we don't yet have a confirmed release date.
There was a three-year gap between The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016), and then a five-year gap to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021). That would have been four years, however, as it was initially set for a September 2020 release.
Typically, that would mean we could expect the fourth movie in 2024, but the ongoing writers' and actors' strikes mean that no development can take place right now, so that will delay things.
If you need a Conjuring fix, The Nun II is out now in cinemas and we'll update this piece whenever we get confirmation of a release date for The Conjuring 4.
The Conjuring 4 cast: Who's coming back for The Conjuring Last Rites?
It's not been confirmed, but we'd be amazed if Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga weren't back as Ed and Lorraine Warren – it's not a Conjuring movie without them.
Fortunately, they seem up for more outings so it won't be a case of persuading them to return.
"Oh my God, I'd love to [continue]," Farmiga said, with Wilson adding: "We constantly want to push these characters. I would like to – for no other reason than I would want to keep playing opposite Vera."
Could the fourth movie also see Wilson direct as well as star in the movie?
"All those guys are obviously my friends and I know them well and I wouldn't dare try to pitch myself for something I didn't feel passionate about. So the honest to God truth, and I really mean this, and it sounds so lame, but I would have to see the story," he explained.
If you can't wait for The Conjuring 4 to see the Warrens again, they pop up in The Nun 2 credit scene in a brief teaser for the next movie.
Sterling Jerins reprised her role as Judy Warren, while there were also return appearances for Steve Coulter as Father Gordon and Shannon Kook as Drew Thomas. All of them could be back in the fourth movie, but that's probably it for comebacks.
As in the other Conjuring movies, a fourth outing would cover an entirely new case, which means a largely new cast, outside of the main characters.
The Conjuring 4 plot: Which cases could The Conjuring Last Rites cover?
The third movie ends in November 1981 after the trial of Arne Johnson, and we can assume that The Conjuring 4 will take place after this in the timeline.
That still leaves some interesting cases from the real-life experiences of the Warrens that could be used as a basis for a new movie, which could see them head back into a haunted house.
In 1986, the Warrens investigated a double helping of haunted houses with the Snedeker house and the Smurl Haunting. The former has already loosely inspired The Haunting in Connecticut, and both revolved around houses supposedly infested by demons.
After the third movie broke out of the haunted house formula, it might be a disappointing backwards step for the series to return to one.
If they want to avoid that trope, there's a case that's yet to be covered from the Warrens' case files that holds a lot of promise: the legend of the White Lady at the Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut.
While the Warrens didn't directly investigate the phenomenon, they have claimed to have a video of the White Lady in action and have written a book about it.
It's said that the spirit appears in a delicate white nightgown or wedding dress and moves through the cemetery, with reports that drivers have even seen her outside of the cemetery, causing them to swerve.
"I can tell you that I know for a fact that this place is haunted, it's one of the most haunted places around," noted Lorraine Warren – and if that isn't scope for a Conjuring movie, we don't know what is.
The Conjuring 4 trailer: Any footage of The Conjuring Last Rites yet?
The Conjuring 4 has yet to start filming and won't until the strikes are over, so we'll be waiting a while for footage. Keep this page bookmarked and we'll update it whenever there's new information.
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