While It screenwriter Gary Dauberman basks in the massive success of that film (he wrote the later drafts of the script after original writers Cary Fukunaga and Chase Palmer left the production), he’s also got another potential horror hit teed up to arrive in 2018: The Nun, the fifth entry in what has unofficially become known as the “James Wan Universe.”
That universe consists so far of The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. With the haunted Annabelle doll introduced in the first Conjuring, the sequel has yielded two ghostly characters — the Nun and the Crooked Man — who are now getting their own spin-offs. Dauberman wrote The Nun from a story he and Wan devised and the director is Corin Hardy, who made his debut in 2015 with the well-regarded indie release The Hallow.
Speaking about The Nun at the recent press day for It, Dauberman said, “I feel great about it. Corin has done a hell of a job. He’s fit into the universe really well, he worked with James really well. He took what I wrote and just fucking ran with it. It feels like its own movie, but it still feels like part of the universe. It’s a nice, distinct movie that sets itself apart from the others. Just the fact that it’s set in Romania and there’s a castle and there’s graveyards and fog — it’s very Gothic and very much in the style and sensibility of Hammer horror, which feels different and atmospheric.”
The Nun is in post-production now and is due out July 13, 2018, with a cast that includes Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope and Bonnie Aarons. I could use a good dose of old-fashioned Hammer-style horror, what about you?