James Wan Is No Longer Directing The Conjuring 3!

Well this is disappointing but not entirely shocking news. Director James Wan, whose next big screen effort is Aquaman due this December, is out as director of The Conjuring 3.

Despite not directing the upcoming sequel, Wan will stay on as a producer under his Atomic Monster Label. Director Michael Chaves will reportedly step in as director of the next Conjuring.

Per Deadline:

Chaves recently directed the studio’s upcoming April 19 release The Curse of La Lloronaa pic that’s not in The Conjuring universe. Chaves made his feature directorial on that pic. and Conjuring 3, of course, reunites him with New Line and Atomic Monster, who also produced that movie. Chaves was discovered after directing the award-winning horror short The MaidenLa Llorona’s logline: Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

The Conjuring 2 writer David Leslie Johnson returns to pen the threequel, which centers on 1970s paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Wan’s Conjuring movies launched a genre franchise that has minted $1.57 billion for Warner Bros.’ New Line, with the recent spinoff The Nun becoming the highest-grossing title in the universe with over $330M worldwide.

The Conjuring quietly created the most successful Warner Bros shared universe (sorry DC Films) with multiple sequels to Annabelle, The Conjuring, and still riding high on the success of The Nun. Are you excited for a third Conjuring film without James Wan? Let us know in the comments.