Even if not every horror lover will agree with this, it can certainly be put like this: No other filmmaker has been able to conquer modern horror cinema like James Wan. With the "Saw", "Insidious" and "Conjuring" series, he initiated three franchises, which - for the most part - are still being expanded with great success. In addition to "The Conjuring 4", "Saw X" and "Insidious 5" we can also expect "The Nun 2" next year, which now also has a theatrical release date.
On September 7, 2023, the notorious horror nun returns to German screens and will face the challenge of emulating the sensational success of "The Nun". In 2018, he brought in $365.5 million worldwide with a budget of $22 million, which is rather manageable today. So a sequel was quickly decided. James Wan, who introduced the nun himself in The Conjuring 2, will not appear as a director here, only as a producer.
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That's not unusual, by the way, because James Wan hasn't directed any of the "Conjuring" spin-offs himself. Instead, "The Nun 2" is staged by Michael Chaves. He previously directed The Curse of Llorona and The Conjuring 3: The Vampire Slayer. It's also currently being rumored that he'll be directing the recently confirmed The Conjuring 4. However, nothing has been established in this regard.
Alongside Bonnie Aarons as nun demon Valak, Taissa Farmiga also returns as Sister Irene in The Nun 2. Fresh faces in the sequel's cast include Anna Popplewell, Storm Reid, and Katelyn Rose Downey. The screenplay is by Akela Cooper. Filming has recently started in France, as James Wan confirmed via Twitter.
What exactly "The Nun 2" will be about is not yet known. All that is known is that the plot changed from Romania in 1952 to France in 1956. The murder of a priest is supposed to be the linchpin here, which will once again set the horror of Valak and Co. in motion. It remains to be seen whether "The Nun 2" will surpass the box office success of the first film. In terms of quality, however, there is definitely still plenty of room for improvement.