A new featurette has been released that offers fans an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the creation of James Wan’s The Conjuring Universe. The video features interviews from Wan and various members of the cast and filmmakers within the Conjuring universe.
The video also gives us our first look at director Michael Chaves’ upcoming film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are returning as Ed and Lorraine Warren in the film and it has been explained that this will be a “completely different movie than the first two.”
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will tell the “chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.”
Wilson and Farmiga will be joined by Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard in the movie.
If you’re not familiar with the real story that this film is based on, the story revolves around Arne Cheyenne Johnson. On November 24th, 1981, in Brookfield, Connecticut, Arne Cheyenne Johnson was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the killing of his landlord, Alan Bono. This is the first court case in the United States in which the defense sought to prove innocence based upon the defendant’s claim of demonic possession and denial of personal responsibility for the crime. Here are some additional details from Wiki:
According to testimony by the Glatzel family, 11-year-old David Glatzel had allegedly played host to the demon that forced Johnson to kill Bono. After witnessing a number of increasingly ominous occurrences involving David, the family, exhausted and terrified, decided to enlist the aid of self-described demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (noted for their investigation into the famed Amityville Haunting) in a last-ditch effort to “cure” David. The Glatzel family, along with the Warrens, then proceeded to have David exorcised by a number of Catholic priests. The process continued for several days, concluding when, according to those present, a demon fled the child’s body and took up residence within Johnson. Several months later, Johnson killed his landlord during a heated conversation. His defense lawyer argued in court that he was possessed, but the judge ruled that such a defense could never be proven and was therefore infeasible in a court of law. Johnson was subsequently convicted, though he only served five years of a 10- to 20-year sentence.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will open in theaters on June 4th, 2021.