While he waits for all the pieces to come together on the long-gestating reboot of The Crow, director Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is keeping himself busy with other projects. News arrives via Deadline that he has accepted a new job, taking on the latest spin-off to emerge from James Wan's Conjuring films, The Nun.
Much like Annabelle (2014), which grew from the demonic doll we first met at the start of The Conjuring (2013), this one is spawned from the sequel and will tell the story of the terrifying nun who haunts Vera Farmiga's Lorraine Warren.
The most interesting element here is that the creature (played by actress Bonnie Aarons) wasn't in the film until three months before release. Wan's follow-up originally featured a more traditional horned beast, but the director came up with the idea and asked the studio if he could make the change. Some digital tinkering with an image and a reshoot in March brought the nun to life.
Now she will be the focus of her own film, with a script by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle) and Wan, and with Hardy in charge, we are certainly expecting good things. It is just the latest expansion of the Conjuring films – Annabelle already has its own sequel, directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), which will be out on 11 August. Can we expect a further expansion of the universe? As always, watch this space.