The recent surge nationwide of corona virus cases and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent promise to lay down tougher restrictions in the state tomorrow has many in exhibition and distribution really concerned that there’s no hard date in immediate sight as to when the big circuits will reopen again.
At the same time, we’re hearing that New Line’s “The Conjuring 3 : The Devil Made Me Do It” is poised to depart its current Sept. 11 release date (the post Labor Day weekend which Warner Bros. has turned into a hot launchpad for horror movies) to 2021. Warner Bros. would not confirm that assessment. However, this boils down to the studio opening Christopher Nolan’s Tenet first, while also protecting what is a near $2 billion film franchise in Conjuring (across six titles). Already, the studio has RSVP’ed June 4 for an untitled New Line horror film, and we can let logic dictate our guesses about that situation. Michael Chaves directed the third installment off a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as paranormal investigator Lorraine and Ed Warren. Both Conjuring movies played in the summer, with part 2 opening on June 10, 2016. Freestyle’s 2 Hearts could also push back from Sept. 11 should Tenet or Mulan move onto on its turf.